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Abdul-Azim Ahmed – The Untapped Potential of British Mosques: Part 1

Posted on 14 December 2020 by Michael Munnik

Moments of crisis often reveal hidden strengths, and this applies to individuals as well as communities. During national emergencies and local disasters in the United Kingdom, we have seen the valuable contributions of British mosques. The mosque is a “House of God”, a place for the faithful to gather in religious devotion. This social dimension
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Michael Munnik – IPSO: press regulator’s ‘guidance’ for reporting on Muslims is not fit for purpose

Posted on 26 November 2020 by Michael Munnik

It shouldn’t be controversial to say journalists have failed in reporting on Muslims and Islam in the UK. Inaccurate use of terms and frequently negative constructions can make the religion seem strange, dangerous, or simply not British. Scholars have shown how journalists frequently associate Islam with terrorism and extremism. Though the news is often “bad”,
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Sophie Gilliat-Ray – In Memoriam: Ataullah Siddiqui – A Personal Reflection

Posted on 9 November 2020 by Michael Munnik

On 8 November 2020, the world of British Muslim Studies lost one of its most thoughtful founding scholars. Ataullah Siddiqui worked at the Islamic Foundation in Leicester and its sister institution, Markfield Institute of Higher Education, for some 40 years. He touched the lives of thousands. He was highly regarded in many spheres of academic life, but
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Riyaz Timol – Understanding British Imams: Project Update

Posted on 31 July 2020 by Michael Munnik

For many of us, 2020 will have been the most disruptive year in living memory. While the ‘new normal’ we have been obliged to navigate has, by now, considerably aged, much uncertainty still lingers in the air due to the Covid-19 global pandemic. In June, staff and students of Cardiff University’s Islam-UK Centre held our
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