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Refugees and Dirty Work

Shanon Shah
Gary Lineker and Lily Allen – love them or loathe them? Their pro-refugee outspokenness has sparked off a media backlash that strikes at the heart of what it means to be British in a post-Brexit world. Is it British to extend hospitality ...

Yuna Shines in London by Laych Koh

You could not miss them - the young Muslim women with their turbans tied with chic sharpness, in the fashion of the songstress they were here to see. There was also plenty of tell-tale accents betraying the legion of Malaysians eager to see their ...

Kashmir - the living dystopia by Muddasir Ramzan

The ongoing unrest has now entered its third month, plunging Kashmir into an unending dystopia. Even if it eventually ends it will inevitably re-ignite with as much, if not more intensity until there is a permanent solution to this dispute. The ...

Muslims at Sea: From Barbary Pirates to Brick Lane

The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London, held a study day on Saturday 10th September 2016 on the history of Muslims at sea, in partnership with the Muslim Institute. The Institute talked to Dr Aaron Jaffer of the National ...

Lascars: Muslims at Sea by Hassan Mahamdallie

There are two complementary foundation texts for those interested in the history of black and Asian people in Britain. One is Peter Fryer’s Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain and the other is Rozina Visram’s Ayahs, ...

Russia's Yarovaya Laws

Aysha Garaeva
We are more than halfway through 2016, and it is clear that this year will be remembered for almost constant terrorist attacks across the world – from Iraq to Turkey to France to Afghanistan and countless other places. Governments are ...

Muslim Women's Olympic Style Games by Laych Koh

It was pretty clear from media headlines what the focus on fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad was.‘Ibtihaj Muhammad set to become the first American to compete in a hijab at the Olympics.’ (Telegraph)‘Ibtihaj Muhammad makes US history, ...

Another financial meltdown?

Asim Siddiqui
Is the world on the brink of another financial crisis? It is according to Rana Faroohar, Time magazine economist correspondent and author of a new book Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business (Crown Publishing, ...

Of Promise and Denial by Muddasir Ramzan

Among many things that have become apparent during the ongoing crisis in Kashmir is the resentment of both India and Pakistan over their hankering for the land of Kashmir. The failure of the government of Kashmir, whose power struggles and ...

The Longest Night in Istanbul by Aysha Garaeva

On the night of 15th July 2016, just as on any other night, I am at home in Istanbul. My TV is on, as I am trying to follow the news. Reports of the bridge closing and tanks with soldiers gathering there start coming in. The first thing that ...