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Countering extremisms

Human beings are prone to persuasion. If this persuasion has a political or religious leaning, it can be persistent to the extent of becoming equivalent to brainwashing. At first, such indoctrination may appear superficially innocuous but it can have huge…

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Defining “Islamophobia”

The APPG’s definition of ‘Islamophobia’ is a triumph for fundamentalists “Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness” – All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims definition of Islamophobia The…

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Should you have kids?

I am pretty sure plenty of us have heard the line, ‘We fed you, clothed you and housed you’ from our parents throughout our lives. They feel this entitles them to make every decision about our lives and our futures….

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Tolerating intolerance

Some British Muslim parents have opposed the teaching of the ‘No Outsiders’ programme in primary schools, which is intended to teach pupils about diversity and equality. For weeks, they rallied outside the school gates – until they were banned. These…

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Guilty or not?

I feel a great deal of frustration when people suggest because a rapist has been acquitted, then this means they are not guilty. Having worked in the sexual violence sector, I am aware of how the system works – and…

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Defending the Aurat March

Pakistan’s Aurat March (Part 1) On International Women’s Day, Hum Aurtain (We, the Women), a collective, activism-oriented initiative organized the Aurat March in Pakistan. Activists carried placards on critical issues such as ‘honour’ killings and forced marriages. Others carried simple,…

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Marching forwards

Without collective action women’s status will not improve – Bonnie Kreps Pakistan’s Aurat March (Part 2) Aurat March 2019 established the need for modifying the responses of ordinary Pakistanis and the strategies of women’s rights activists. I have already discussed…

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The last acceptable prejudice

It is now rightly considered socially unacceptable to be racist or sexist. The kind of brash racism and sexism that some of my ancestors experienced is at an all-time low. Nobody can deny that both institutional racism and sexism do…

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Angels, murderers and worshippers

How are young people to make sense of the media response to Christchurch? Words matter. So why are media studies being stripped from our English curriculum just when our young people need it most? An ‘angelic boy’: this is how…

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Fifty.

The shooting at Christchurch Mosque in New Zealand happened on the 15th March. It was a Friday. People were attending Friday prayers. Six people were confirmed dead before the day was over. After I found out about the attack, I…

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Shamima Begum: What went wrong?

 As a British Muslim woman, parent and teacher, I’m horrified by our Home Secretary’s handling of the Begum case – not least because he’s wasting the opportunity to learn more about how extremist grooming works – and how it can…

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Colourism in the Arab world

Habibi Ya Nour El Ain… Unless you’re a dark-skinned Arab Art is often used as a tool to explore and represent attitudes and issues of the time. Be it in Hollywood, US and UK Music trends or the behemoth that…

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Core values

Brene Brown’s latest book Dare to Lead urges today’s leaders – which means you, me, and the entire world FYI – to take time to consider their two core values. No, for those of you wondering about your personal and professional lives,…

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