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Muslims in the West: What is the Way Forward? by Farouk Peru

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One would never think that in the midst of the hustle and bustle of downtown London, there were passionate people debating the future of British Islam. Instead of going out socialising or heading straight home to put one’s feet up, these folks made the mini-pilgrimage to this little nook in Holborn to thrash out the best way forward for British Muslims. Earlier this week, I joined them at this quirky hideaway, The Red Lion Club just 10 minutes from Holborn station.

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Lahore Agitprop Theatre (part 2) by Avaes Mohammad

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Debating Islamic Reform by Farouk Peru

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Our first glimpses of the boiling summer ahead came at a perfect time one recent evening in a crowded classroom at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). We were attending a public debate entitled ‘Islam and Reformation – Which is The Way Forward’ organised by the Muslim Debate Initiative. Instead of the plush Khalili Lecture Theatre, a mix up on the part of SOAS meant that instead we’d be stuffed like sardines into a very packed classroom.

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Has Multiculturalism a Future in Britain? by Varun Verma

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Localism Can Harm the Nation's Health by Ken Mafham

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In my last blog I paid tribute to the clarity and value of Ziauddin Sardar’s book Reading the Quran I think it is a book that has the potential to change lives both inside and outside the Islamic community. So it is with a little trepidation that I take issue, though very mildly, with one particular perspective.

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Lahore Agitprop Theatre (part 1) by Avaes Mohammad

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I’ve not been here that long and so much has happened it’s difficult to decide what I should focus on.

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Pakistan and the US: a relation of cultural disharmony by Varun Verma

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Considering the Arab Uprisings

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Making Reform Real - Ziauddin Sardar on why uttering "I divorce thee" just won't do

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I don’t think the importance of what the Moudawana has achieved has either been acknowledged or recognised. It is a revolutionary transformation of Islamic personal law. I have been arguing for decades that the Sharia needs to be rethought and reformulated – the Moudawana shows what a reformulated Sharia, at least one aspect of it, will actually look like. 

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On Ashura

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For anyone who wanted to participate in a bit of Islamic culture, they didn’t need to go further than Russel Square! On the 5th and 6th of December 2011, the Islamic Society of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) held two days of Ashura Day celebrations. They were modest ceremonies to break the supererogatory fast but nonetheless very reverent given the significance of the Karbala event which happened on Ashura day.

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