Deconstructing the Iranian identity

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Recalling the Future is the latest exhibition at the Brunei Gallery at SOAS where Iranian artists challenge the conventional narrative on post-revolutionary Iran. The legitimacy of the national identity as presented by the state is questioned by reimagining the nation outside of the official image. Across the exhibition, artists consider whether this identity was not essentially created by the state … Read More

Desi Manroe

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Elif Rahemtullah critiques the work of Summaiya Jillani, a young upcoming Pakistani artist who with her unique style is mixing things up in the Pakistani art scene. Karachi based artist, Summaiya Jillani strikes a fine balance. Her works are steeped in motifs which are unique to Pakistani culture yet they possess a certain universal allure. It is easy to find … Read More

Malala and Hazlenut Lattes

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Malala hazelnut and lattes

Malala Yousafzai shook the world with her story of bravery and valor when she stood for female education and took a bullet to her head fighting for her cause. Months have passed and as the wounds of Malala’s injuries have been healing, so has the controversy surrounding her been mounting. I remember visiting Pakistan watching various families in small villages … Read More

Thoughts on Grassroots Activity

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What do we do on Monday morning? Mainstream media is relentless in fuelling the Far Right’s portrayal of Islam, so much so that its rhetoric is part of the way many people think and feel about Muslims, particularly those who have no contact with them. The rhetoric is dangerous because it endorses the ignorance, prejudice, and fear which surfaces on … Read More

Europe needs to tackle the threat of Islamophobia

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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 the Soest Forum of … Read More