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CM22: Utopias

Boyd Tonkin surfs the coast of utopia, Bruce Wannell explores the Gardens of Paradise, Hassan Mahamdallie joins the community of Findhorn, Marco Lauri dissects ibn Tufayl's utopian masterpiece, Medina Whiteman's parents escape to ...

Darkness Again?

Muddasir Ramzan
The implementation of GST (Goods and Service Tax), a new taxation reform launched in mainland India on 1st July, has already triggered protests by opposition and trade bodies in Jammu and Kashmir. In addition, this week marks the one-year ...

Brontes, Bradford and Buddhist Poetry

Claire Armitstead
Irna Qureshi and Syima Aslam have upended the traditional festival model to create a 10-day cultural jamboree that holds appeal across the city's diverse communities.

Grenfell Shows Just How Britain Fails Migrants by Nesrine Malik

On the north Kensington streets, the truth of multicultural London is apparent - there is no cheaper life than that of a poor refugee.

An Age of Rage

Muddasir Ramzan
I noticed on Facebook that some of my friends in London had marked themselves safe. Baffled, I checked the news and read that there was an attack in London, a city that attracts me for its intellectual freedom. I contacted a few people I know ...

Manchester Love Spreads

Sadek Hamid
“Again, I mourn the murders of people I never knew. Again, I am harassed & told to atone for terror I did not and would never commit.” The words of Black American Muslim activist Blair Imani tweeted in the aftermath of the ...

Of Nations and Freedom

Muddasir Ramzan
Devotion to religion and country are perhaps two basic motivations that can persuade humans to do anything, for which some are even prepared to kill or die. These are universal ideologies, but in war zones they play a distinct role. The ...

Muslim Institute Fifth Annual Ibn Rushd Lecture: Multiculturalism in an Age of Brexit and Trump

Lord Bhikhu Parekh
The Muslim Institute's Fifth Annual Ibn Rushd Lecture took place on Tuesday 9 May 2017, at the illustrious Art Workers' Guild Hall in London. Speaker Lord Bhikhu Parekh discussed multiculturalism in an age of Brexit and Trump: ...

Multiculturalism in an Age of Brexit and Trump

Tahir Abbas
The renowned Lord Professor Bhikhu Parekh spoke at the annual Ibn Rushd Lecture of the Muslim Institute, held at the Art Workers’ Guild Hall in London on 9 May 2017. The first time I heard Lord Parekh speak was in ...

CM21: Relations

Samia Rahman is perplexed by our complex network of relationships, Aamer Hussein looks back on his affectionate bonds with the great Urdu writer Qurratulain Hyder (aka 'Annie'), Syed Nomanul Haq follows classical scholars seeking royal ...