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Plus ca Change

Hafeez Burhan Khan
At the climax of Bridge on the River Kwai, Alec Guinness’ character, Colonel Nicholson, wide-eyed at his hubris, mumbles and mutters: ‘What have I done?’ before being killed in an explosion. For good measure, he falls onto the ...

After Brexit, where do British Muslims go from here? By Yahya Birt

To the surprise of the pollsters, the media, the political class and arguably most of the British public, Brexit won by 52% to 48%, or by 1.3 million votes. It has been a divisive vote, pitting London, Scotland and Northern Ireland against the ...

Orlando: A Muslim's Response

Shanon Shah
On 22 May 2016, I was delighted to speak on the panel “No Sex, Please – We’re Muslim!” at the amazing Bradford Literature Festival. My co-panellist was the imam Alyas Karmani and the discussion was moderated by the Muslim ...

Kashmiri Pandits Long for Home by Muddasir Ramzan

There was a time when the fruits of harmony, in its entirety, were savoured in the Valley. Muslims did not consider their Hindu brothers as minorities. Rather they were revered as educated and intelligent members of society, members of the ...

Killing of Freethinkers in Bangladesh: Some Unresolved Issues by Taj Hashmi

Of late, terrorists or unknown assailants have killed freethinking writers and bloggers, a couple of foreign nationals, and two LGBT activists in Bangladesh, around 36 people since February 2015. And almost ritualistically, the killers have been ...

Movements not Moments: Young People, Democratising and a Muslim Mayor

Mohammed Moussa
Standing tall above the heads of a gathering small crowd of young people at a protest in Washington, D.C. in April of this year, Reverend Dr. William Barber decked out in a black suit with a white collar, visibly a man of the cloth, declares ...

Folk on, Palestine by Shanon Shah

Before I heard of Reem Kelani, my knowledge of Palestinian culture – let alone its rich tradition of music – was next to non-existent. I am not alone in this ignorance, and this is what fuels Kelani’s activism against the ...

The Muslim Mayor of London by Iftikhar H Malik

Sadiq Khan’s electoral victory raises significant thematic issues including the possible diminution in anti-Muslim sentiments, his own British-Pakistani Muslim identity within the context of a cosmopolitan, multicultural and constantly ...

Governing Kashmir by Muddasir Ramzan

The death of the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, on 7 January 2016, led to the governor’s rule once again being imposed in the Valley. It also provoked much gossiping about ‘who will be the next ...

Khurram Zaki: The Voice that Spoke for the Dead by Suleman Akhtar

Suleman Akhtar reflects on the murder of renowned Pakistani journalist and human rights activist, Khurram Zaki, who was shot dead in Karachi in early May.