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The Times They are a-Changin by Tahir Abbas

In his 1964 song The Times They are a-Changin' Bob Dylan sang about political, social and cultural upheaval. Four decades later, Tahir Abbas examines the starkly different social phenomenon the USA finds itself embroiled in: that of ...

Yasmin Khatib measures ethnicity

When Yasmin Khatib was asked to write a few words to describe how academics conduct research to measure ‘ethnicity’ she was willing and happy to write about a subject that has both intrigued and puzzled her over the ...

What breathes fire into the equations

The introduction to the original 1988 edition of Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time (Bantam Press) was written by the late Carl Sagan, a leading American physicist who was also atheist. According to Usama Hasan, in this ...

The British Mosque: a social and architectural history

In Britain, the number of mosques has been steadily and exponentially increasing since the 1960’s, Shahed Saleem's research has found. From the mid 1970’s purpose built mosques have been making an appearance, so introducing the ...

The Arab awakening

Robin Yassin-Kassab never managed to finish what he refers to as T.E. Lawrence’s vastly overrated “Seven Pillars of Wisdom”. It’s a poorly written, narrowly partial and self-dramatising account of the Arab Revolt ...

Tariq Modood calls for a multiculturalism of hope

Moderate secularism and respect for religion are vital if we are to move from a multiculturalism of fear towards genuine pluralism, argues Tariq Modood. Since 9/11 it has been said that Muslims have killed multiculturalism. Suspicion and ...

A Muslim on the Idea of Protest

Farouk Peru
London summers have always fascinated me. For most of the year, the city exudes a sombre darkness with the wet and chilly weather imparting a feeling of permanent dreariness. Then comes the summer with its late evenings and suddenly, it feels ...