Extremism isn’t the only struggle of our generation July 22nd 2015
David Cameron’s speech in Birmingham, in which he announced his plans on how to tackle extremism, motivates me to bring some aspects of the work that I have been doing with young Muslims for the last eight years into the equation. It is important to understand the real challenges facing this generation. The minority of Muslims, ....
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Islamophobia in Europe May 1st 2015
Islamophobia is a term used to describe irrational hostility, fear, or hatred of Islam, Muslims, and Islamic culture, and active discrimination against these groups or individuals within them. Today, Islamophobia in Europe manifests itself through individual attitudes and behaviors, and the policies and practices of organizations ....
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Ban the word ‘Muslim’ March 16th 2015
I want to make a case for non Muslims in the UK to think more carefully about the way they talk about 'Muslims'. If non-Muslims are so careless about the way they use phrases like 'the Muslim community' (and the very word 'Muslim' now carries an insinuation of fostering violence), then perhaps we non-Muslims should be banned from....
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Where Monoculturalism leads January 15th 2015
As France grieves for those whose lives have been so brutally taken, and more emergency and counter-radicalisation measures are discussed, the future for a peaceful Europe rests on how our leaders diagnose the problems that we collectively face. It may seem counter-intuitive, but far from suffering from an excess of multiculturali....
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Dear Young French Muslims January 14th 2015
Director Luc Besson has written a open letter to young French Muslims, calling on them to reject extremism in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo killings. My brother, if you knew how badly I hurt for you today, you and your beautiful religion that has been so sullied, humiliated, and singled out. Forgotten are your strength, your energ....
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50 Islamophobic acts since Paris attacks January 14th 2015
More than 50 Islamophobic acts have been recorded in France since the Paris incidents which took place a week ago. The figures were announced on Monday to the AFP against Islamophobia Observatory of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM). According to the president of the observatory, Abdallah Zekri, citing figures fro....
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Happy Birthday Jawaab! November 11th 2014
It's Jawaab's 3rd Birthday! 11.11.11 saw the launch of Jawaab in an underground cafe in North London. We can't believe that today marks our 3rd anniversy. The time has flown by and throughout the years we have been busy working on our British Pakistani Voices and 12 Cities Network campaigns. Jawaab wants to take this opportuni....
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Europe needs to tackle the threat of Islamophobia July 2nd 2014
Following the events of 22 July in Norway – when Anders Behring Breivik, driven by a hatred of Islam, killed 77 people – there have been ample expressions of outrage, analysis and commentary, but little indication as to what must to be done to prevent Islamophobia spreading. Before 22 July, the Soul of Europe, together with th....
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Research on youth issues in Germany June 13th 2013
We visit Ruhr Westfalia and conduct grassroots listening, discussing the issue of Islamophobia with young people, religious and community leaders and activists. All individuals consulted from a wide range of religious and non-religious backgrounds expressed their concerns that Islamophobia was on the rise in their local area. Many of....
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Interfaith Kosovo Conference May 25th 2013
Our trip to Peja, Kosovo as part of the Interfaith Kosovo Conference was a delight. Noori Bibi chaired a a panel discussion, whilst Rizwan Hussain spoke on the subject of new age media and its current role in interfaith and grassroots dialogue. Rizwan spoke about the anti-Islamophobia Jawaab and Soul of Europe project, they have been....
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Berlin Trip: Anti-Islamophobia Campaign November 10th 2012
Jawaab alongside Soul of Europe travel to Berlin to begin the planning of a conference which will take place in Germany in 2013. The conference in September 2013 which will bring activists and mentors from across Europe who are working to tackle Islamophobia at grassroots. We are aiming to work with participants from UK, France, Ger....
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Anti-Islamophobia project: the beginning March 17th 2012
Our very first trip to Ruhr-Westphalia, Germany took place from 9-11th March 2012. Noori, Rizwan, Bilal, Peter and Donald from the Jawaab and Soul of Europe team took a road trip to northern Germany. Our visit was to begin the brainstorming of our new campaign and form a pan-European network of activists working on the issue of Isl....
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