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chris allen



| writes about Islamophobia, religion, culture, politics & society |



Last Build Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:38:01 +0000

 



COMMENT: Birleşik Krallık’ta İslamofobinin 20 Yıllık Bilançosu – Perspektifwallscometumblingdownperspektif_logo

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 07:35:30 +0000

As with previous months, I have today had a new comment piece published in the German-based Turkish language periodical, Perspektif. This month’s piece reflects on the 20th anniversary of the Runnymede Trust’s report, Islamophobia: A Challenge For Us All. To view the piece, click here. For those who can read Turkish, I have reproduced the opening … Continue reading COMMENT: Birleşik Krallık’ta İslamofobinin 20 Yıllık Bilançosu – Perspektif(image)


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JOURNAL: Islamophobia and the Problematization of Mosques: A Critical Exploration of Hate Crimes and the Symbolic Function of “Old” and “New” Mosques in the United Kingdom – Journal of Muslim Minority AffairswallscometumblingdownJMMA

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 10:13:59 +0000

Really pleased to announce – and share – details about my new publication in the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. First published in 1979, the Journal is an established and highly respected and widely acclaimed academic and scholarly publication that is known for providing accurate, reliable and objective information on Muslim minority communities worldwide and so … Continue reading JOURNAL: Islamophobia and the Problematization of Mosques: A Critical Exploration of Hate Crimes and the Symbolic Function of “Old” and “New” Mosques in the United Kingdom – Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs(image)


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TALK: Open in Order to…Engage Communities & Build Goodwill – Open Access Week, University of Birminghamwallscometumblingdown

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 06:54:25 +0000

Tagged: Birmingham, communities, engagement, goodwill, OAWeek2017, open access, Open Access Week 2017, publications, research, university of Birmingham(image)


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BRIEFING: Missing Muslims Report: Identifying the Priorities for Birmingham – Birmingham’s Muslims Projectwallscometumblingdownzx

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 13:49:30 +0000

Click here to view a short briefing paper my friend and colleague Özlem Ögtem-Young pulled together from discussions had during a workshop we facilitated here at the University of Birmingham a few weeks ago. Seeking to explore and subsequently identify the priorities for Birmingham’s Muslim communities in the social, political and public spaces that exist across … Continue reading BRIEFING: Missing Muslims Report: Identifying the Priorities for Birmingham – Birmingham’s Muslims Project(image)


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VIDEO: Why Islamophobia is not extremism – Rebels Without a Pausewallscometumblingdown

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 07:55:58 +0000

A short, talking head style video I made with Rebels Without A Pause about why we have to approach and understand Islamophobia as different from solely being a form of extremism. Tagged: Britain, extremism, Islam, Islamophobia, Muslims, politics, Rebels Without A Cause, RWAP, society, Theresa May, video(image)


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Briefing: Manifestations of Intolerance Against Muslims: Public Spaces, Political Narratives & Media in the UK – 10th Anniversary of OSCE’s Cordoba Conference & Declaration, Vienna Austriawallscometumblingdownreport

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:26:14 +0000

In preparation of my presentation at tomorrow’s conference in Vienna, Austria marking the 10th Anniversary of the OSCE’s Cordoba Conference and Declaration, I drew together a short briefing paper which expands on the main themes and ideas that I will be putting forward. Reflective and drawing on many of the issues that I have explored … Continue reading Briefing: Manifestations of Intolerance Against Muslims: Public Spaces, Political Narratives & Media in the UK – 10th Anniversary of OSCE’s Cordoba Conference & Declaration, Vienna Austria(image)


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TALK: What next, where next? Post-Brexit fears among secondary migrant Somali Muslims in Birmingham – 26th September 2017wallscometumblingdown

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 16:52:35 +0000

Tagged: belonging, Birmingham, Brexit, citizenship, families, family, home, Islam, Muslim families, Muslims, politics, post-Brexit, secondary migration, society, Somali families, Somali Muslims, Somalis(image)


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COMMENT: Proscribing National Action – considering the impact of banning the British far-right group – PQ BlogwallscometumblingdownPQ-blog-banner-850

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:21:40 +0000

This was a short comment piece I was asked to write for the PQ Blog (PQ being short for Political Quarterly). It was written to coincide with the arrest of the serving British Army members for being members of the now banned neo-Nazi group, National Action and also the publication of my article in this … Continue reading COMMENT: Proscribing National Action – considering the impact of banning the British far-right group – PQ Blog(image)


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SUBMISSION: Written Evidence – Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic EngagementwallscometumblingdownScreenshot_20170921-110124

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:07:39 +0000

The Select Committee on Citizenship & Civic Engagement recently put out a call for evidence relating to a series of questions/issues it was keen to investigate. In response to this, I pulled together this written submission. In trying to keep it condensed, I focused on the following: British Identity & Nationhood; Values & Shared Values; … Continue reading SUBMISSION: Written Evidence – Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement(image)


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COMMENT: National Action – what I discovered about the ideology of Britain’s violent neo-Nazi youth movement – The ConversationwallscometumblingdownConversation_logo

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:51:16 +0000

This was a short comment piece I wrote for the always interesting The Conversation following the arrest of serving British Army members that were alleged to be members of the proscribed neo-Nazi group, National Action. Based around my research into the group, the piece offers some basic insight along with some broader points to think … Continue reading COMMENT: National Action – what I discovered about the ideology of Britain’s violent neo-Nazi youth movement – The Conversation(image)


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COMMENT: Müslümanlar’ın Entegrasyonunda “Çözülmesi Gerekenler” – Perspektifwallscometumblingdownperspektif_logo

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:28:12 +0000

Here’s a link to my most recent contribution to the German-published, Turkish language periodical, Perspektif. This month’s contribution is titled “Müslümanlar’ın Entegrasyonunda ‘Çözülmesi Gerekenler'” which loosely translates as “Solving the Needs of Muslim Integration” and focuses on the findings from the Commission on Islam, Participation and Public Life that were published in the report, “Missing … Continue reading COMMENT: Müslümanlar’ın Entegrasyonunda “Çözülmesi Gerekenler” – Perspektif(image)


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CHAPTER: Islamophobia – Routledge Handbook on Christian-Muslim RelationswallscometumblingdownRoutledge

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:15:27 +0000

This recently published collection – edited by my colleague here at Birmingham, David Thomas – duly includes a chapter by me, somewhat simplistically titled “Islamophobia”. While the handbook is fantastically broad, it comes with a whopping £175 (hardback) cover price. If you’re so inclined, then you can purchase a copy from Amazon here. If you … Continue reading CHAPTER: Islamophobia – Routledge Handbook on Christian-Muslim Relations(image)


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COMMENT: Müslümanlar’ın Entegrasyonunda ‘Çözülmesi Gerekenler’ – Perspektifwallscometumblingdownperspektif_logo

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 02:07:54 +0000

As you may be aware, I now write regularly for the German-based Turkish language periodical Perspektif. When I do, I write about issues relating to Muslim communities or the religion of Islam in the British setting. This is a piece I recently had published titled, “Müslümanlar’ın Entegrasyonunda ‘Çözülmesi Gerekenler'” which (loosely) translates as “‘Solving’ the … Continue reading COMMENT: Müslümanlar’ın Entegrasyonunda ‘Çözülmesi Gerekenler’ – Perspektif(image)


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COMMENT: Channel 4’s The State: disturbing and accurate reminder of idealism gone wrong – The ConversationwallscometumblingdownConversation_logo

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 01:51:24 +0000

Here’s a piece I recently wrote for the always informed The Conversation in response to criticisms directed at BAFTA award-winner Peter Kosminsky’s Channel 4 drama series, The State. You can read the piece in full by clicking here. The first few paragraphs are reproduced below: Channel 4’s The State: disturbing and accurate reminder of idealism … Continue reading COMMENT: Channel 4’s The State: disturbing and accurate reminder of idealism gone wrong – The Conversation(image)


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ARTICLE: Brexit, Birmingham and Belonging: Anxieties About ‘Home’ Among Secondary Migrant Somali Families – Sociological Review Blogwallscometumblingdownsociological+review

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 01:01:28 +0000

Here’s a link to a piece recently published by the Sociological Review that was co-written with my long-term friend and collaborator Özlem Young. Focusing on new research we undertook in Birmingham with Somali families in the immediate aftermath of the Brexit referendum, the full piece can be read by clicking here. The first few paragraphs are … Continue reading ARTICLE: Brexit, Birmingham and Belonging: Anxieties About ‘Home’ Among Secondary Migrant Somali Families – Sociological Review Blog(image)


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ARTICLE: Political Approaches to Tackling Islamophobia: An ‘Insider/Outsider’ Analysis of the British Coalition Government’s Approach between 2010–15 – Social Scienceswallscometumblingdownsocsci-logo

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:30:36 +0000

You can download my new article “Political Approaches to Tackling Islamophobia: An ‘Insider/Outsider’ Analysis of the British Coalition Government’s Approach between 2010–15” by clicking here. As you will be aware, I try to ensure that as many of my outputs are freely available whenever possible. The good news is that Social Sciences – the journal … Continue reading ARTICLE: Political Approaches to Tackling Islamophobia: An ‘Insider/Outsider’ Analysis of the British Coalition Government’s Approach between 2010–15 – Social Sciences(image)


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COMMENT: London Nach Dem Terror, Regierung und Muslime müssen miteinander reden – IslamIQwallscometumblingdownislamiq

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 23:40:20 +0000

Following on from writing for the Turkish-language German-based periodical Perspektif, I now have my articles republished – and translated into German – for IslamIQ. The pieces are the same although the titles do vary. This piece is titled, “London After The Terror: the Government and Muslims must talk to each other” and can be read … Continue reading COMMENT: London Nach Dem Terror, Regierung und Muslime müssen miteinander reden – IslamIQ(image)


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COMMENT: Birleşik Krallık: Konuşulması Gereken “Zorlu” Konular – Perspektifwallscometumblingdownperspektif_logo

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 23:33:30 +0000

Here’s my second piece I’ve written for the Turkish-language German-based periodical, Perspektif. Loosely translated, the piece is titled “United Kingdom: “Challenging” Needs to be Discussed” which doesn’t give much away so to help, it’s some thought in the immediate aftermath of the terror attacks at London Bridge and Borough Market. You can read the piece … Continue reading COMMENT: Birleşik Krallık: Konuşulması Gereken “Zorlu” Konular – Perspektif(image)


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COMMENT: Britain must address the pervasive ‘white noise’ against Muslims – The Conversationwallscometumblingdownconversation-full-logo2

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 23:22:16 +0000

Here’s a piece I wrote for the always excellent The Conversation. Titled, “Britain must address the pervasive ‘white noise’ against Muslims” the piece was written in the immediate aftermath of the attack on the Finsbury Park Mosque. You can read the piece in full by clicking here. The first few paragraphs are reproduced below. Britain … Continue reading COMMENT: Britain must address the pervasive ‘white noise’ against Muslims – The Conversation(image)


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COMMENT: Why Theresa May Is Wrong To Suggest That Islamophobia Is A Form Of Extremism – Huffington Postwallscometumblingdownhuffington-post-logo.jpg

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 23:15:30 +0000

You can read a comment piece I wrote a while ago about why Theresa May was wrong to refer to Islamophobia as a form of extremism by clicking here. Originally published in the Huffington Post, the first few paragraphs are reproduced below: Why Theresa May Is Wrong To Suggest That Islamophobia Is A Form Of … Continue reading COMMENT: Why Theresa May Is Wrong To Suggest That Islamophobia Is A Form Of Extremism – Huffington Post(image)


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BRIEFING: Towards a Working Definition of IslamophobiawallscometumblingdownBriefing Paper

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 08:01:18 +0000

Following on from the publication of the report by the Commission on Islam, Participation & Public Life – titled, “The Missing Muslims – Unlocking British Muslim Potential for the Benefit of All” – I have pulled together a briefing paper that responds specifically to recommendation number 9 (page 13) and the need for Government to … Continue reading BRIEFING: Towards a Working Definition of Islamophobia(image)


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RADIO: Appearance on BBC Radio Kent’s James Whale Show Discussing Islamophobia & British Values, 27th May 2017wallscometumblingdown

Mon, 29 May 2017 10:41:39 +0000

Tagged: anti-Semitism, BBC, BBC Radio Kent, Britain, British values, discrimination, Europe, extremism, hate, homophobia, Islam, Islamophobia, James Whale, Jeremy Corbyn, Manchester, Muslims, politics, racism, Saudi Arabia, society, terror attacks, terrorism, values(image)


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RADIO: Appearance on BBC Radio Scotland Discussing Extremism in the Aftermath of Manchester Terror Attacks, 27th May 2017wallscometumblingdown

Sun, 28 May 2017 11:06:23 +0000

Tagged: BBC, BBC Radio Scotland, extremism, Good Morning Scotland, Islam, Islamophobia, Manchester, Middle East, Muslims, politics, Prevent, Preventing Violent Extremism, society, terror, terrorism, Tom Clonan(image)


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RADIO: Appearance on BBC Radio Kent Discussing Islamophobia in the Aftermath of Manchester Terror Attacks, 25th May 2017wallscometumblingdown

Sat, 27 May 2017 15:04:56 +0000

Tagged: BBC, BBC Radio Kent, extremism, Islam, Islamophobia, Julia George, Manchester, Muslims, Prevent, Preventing Violent Extremism, radicalisation, security, terror, terrorism(image)


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