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Education, Islam and a hint of Orientalism

My interest in the world of Islam is new and it forms a part of two very different agendas. The first is geo political. Whatever you think about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan you have to conclude that both were an intelligence debacle; ...

After Postmodernity

The Institute of Art and Ideas (IAI) discusses After Postmodernity at the HowTheLightGetsIn2011, the Hay festival of philosophy and music. Postmodernism was the intellectual fashion of the turn of the millennium. But what comes ...

Osama, Obama and the rest - Iftikhar Malik

Osama bin Laden’s murder in Abbottabad, generally known as “the city of pines”, certainly adds laurels to President Obama’s leadership besides underlining the otherwise immensely bruised invincibility of the American ...

British Jews and Muslims: two myths (part 2)

In the second part of my post on British Jews and British Muslims, I will move from the myth of the Jews as a model minority to a second myth: that Islamophobia is the new antisemitism. A number of academics, activists and ...

British Jews and Muslims: two myths (part 1)

I worked for many years with a small voluntary sector organisation that, by chance, had two Jewish and two Muslim members of staff. They became close friends, sharing every aspect of each other’s lives from family occasions to the major ...

After the Dictators: Maha Azzam's hopes and fears for the Middle East

At the beginning of March a packed lecture theatre at City University’s Olive Tree Programme’s Middle East Forum listened attentively as Dr Maha Azzam took stock of the rapidly developing situation in North Africa and the Middle ...

All that Muslim Jazz - discography

Ahmed Abdul-Malik -oud & Johnny Griffin-tenor sax Jazz Saraha: Ahmed Abdul-Malik’s Middle-Eastern Music(1958) Riverside LP RLP 1121, Original Jazz Classics OJCCD 1820-2 Ahmed Abdul-Malik - oud East Meets ...

Why Defend Usama Hasan?

‘Enough is enough: we cannot stand by and allow people to terrorise, stifle debate and issue death threats in the name of our faith’. Muslims in Britain and beyond uphold the right: • to express informed opinions without ...

'Shush if you dare speak' cautions Amjad Hussain on the politics of blasphemy

Scholars would struggle to find a single verse in the Holy Quran or the Sunnah and the Sira of the Prophet (pbuh) to justify the blasphemy law, let alone a death sentence for it. Apologists would say that Islam is frequently attacked from ...

An Evening of Story and Dreaming

It is sadly rather rare to find Islamic talks which speak so deeply as the one I attended last night. I was very intrigued by the title, ‘The Power of Story and Dreaming’. This talk was held at the University College London ...