Opinion Piece

Professor Niyazi Eruslu – why under detention?

Professor Niyazi Eruslu, the founding Rector of Yalova University near Istanbul, has been held in detention in the aftermath of the coup attempt of 15 August 2016. While President Erdogan deserves to be much admired for his statesmanship, boldness and … read more

Biographies

Essa Moosa, South African Hero

Voice of the Cape reports, ‘After decades of fighting for equality and justice, Judge Essa Moosa gave up his own battle on Sunday as he took his last breath. The 81 year old high court judge and anti-apartheid activist died … read more

News

Istanbul Conference on Palestine

Dr Daud Abdullah writes in middleeastmonitor.com, ‘The Palestinians Abroad Conference in Istanbul has presented nothing less than a challenge to the national authority installed and supported by Israel’s allies in Ramallah. Despite the best efforts of the Palestinian Authority to … read more

Blogs

For Christ’s sake?

Christian extremism on display – will it be called Christianist violence (apro pos the much bandied term ‘Islamic violence?). Of course not, because it will be said that one should take a holistic view of a religion’s teachings! Here is an unsavoury … read more

Muslims in Britain

Trojan Horse allegations found hollow

21st February 2016: Trojan Horse claim rejected BBC reports, ‘ A head teacher’s claims of a “Trojan Horse” Islamic takeover at a school have “no basis”, a council investigation has found. Patricia O’Donnell, head of Clarksfield Primary School, Oldham, also alleged she … read more

EU News

German mis-reporting

thelocal.de reports, ‘ Prosecutors in Frankfurt are investigating two people for making up a crime, after they claimed in a national newspaper that dozens of Arab men rioted and sexually assaulted women at New Year. The claims first appeared in … read more

Featured Videos

What is a historian?

A talk by Dr Uddin during Bengal History Week October 2016. Dr Uddin is a project curator (Bengali) at the British Library for the ‘Two Centuries of Indian Print’ project. She completed her PhD in History from Royal Holloway in … read more

Events

Solidarity with Adlène Hicheur

UPDATE  Declan Butler reports in Nature, ‘ Particle physicist Adlène Hicheur has not been able to attend scientific meetings since July, when he was mysteriously deported from Brazil and placed under house arrest in the small town of Vienne, in … read more

Ideas

Muhammad Nauman Khan’s wide-ranging essay on economic history – Part II. The Rise and Decline of Pax Americana Over one hundred years ago, in 1905, the United States’ gross domestic product per head first overtook Great Britain’s, making it the world’s biggest … read more

Islamicate Archives

Ghada Karmi: Remembering Balfour

Writing to the Editor of the Guardian, Britain’s colonial past is indeed still with us and nowhere more so than in the Middle East. Next year will mark the centenary of the Balfour declaration, a colonial document whose consequences were … read more

Announcements

Religious Architectures’ Futures

From http://www.baronesswarsifoundation.org/ Baroness Warsi’s Initiative We’re back on the road again! On 13 September, our ‘Modern Places of Worship’ debate series will make its second stop in Woking. As home to the Shah Jahan, the UK’s first purpose-built mosque, we … read more

Surveillance State

UK’s undercover agents

Philip Oltermann in the Guardian, ‘The German government has written to the British Home Office asking for the Pitchford inquiry into undercover policing to be extended to covert operations by British police in Germany.  The inquiry, which was set up … read more