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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.

From No Place to Our Place - 500 years of Utopia by Hassan Mahamdallie

On the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia, Hassan Mahamdallie looks through history at how people’s dreams of a better society were born

Zayn Malik - Saviour of Muslim Teenagers by Urmee Khan

Muslim teenagers in Britain, so we are told, are caught between extremism and integration. Thousands of pounds have been spent on projects such as Prevent – arguably a total waste of money. Teenagers don’t care what some crusty ...

Bangladesh Killings: Why Do Liberals Keep Getting Hacked to Death?

Alexander Smith and Wajahat S Khan for NBC News
The murder of a gay rights activist and his friend in Bangladesh this week was the latest in a trend of Islamist extremists killing liberals in the South Asian country. But scratch beneath the surface, and experts say that the brutal attacks ...

How our media deals with racism and anti-semitism depends on who says it, not what is said

Sunny Hundal
So, Naz Shah MP has been suspended from the Labour party this afternoon, for sharing Facebook memes that can easily be described as anti-semitic / racist. A number of people will be relieved by that move and think "glad to see we are ...

Islamophobia in the London mayoral race by Shanon Shah

Prime Minister David Cameron’s attempt to discredit the Labour candidate for London mayor Sadiq Khan by associating him with “extremism” was cringeworthy, but was it Islamophobic? In the House of Commons, the Prime Minister ...

Kashmir and its Folk Tales by Muddasir Ramzan

Telling stories and folktales is a rich tradition in Kashmir. There once was a time when storytelling was a much-favoured mode to engage children. All the younger members of the family would gather around their grandmothers to hear their ...

CM17: Extreme

Ziauddin Sardar and Samia Rahman suggest that extremism is an expected product of our complex and chaotic postnormal times, Anne Alexander traces the origins of ISIS, John A Sweeney studies 'extreme weirding' - the ...

#Muslims4Lent

Shanon Shah
These past few days, many Christians have been gearing up for Good Friday when they commemorate the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ and celebrate his resurrection from the dead on the Sunday. I am journeying alongside my Christian brothers and ...