What it takes to be a ‘moderate Muslim’

The term ‘moderate Muslim‘ is a much loved one in policy circles. It was brought into prominence in RAND reports such as ‘Building Moderate Muslim Networks’… but what is this litmus test? Thanks to the think tanks, the odd MEP and others we now have a good empirical base! Firstly, ‘Moderates’ are those who do…

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Cambridge Conference : slow clapping please!

On 4th & 5th June Blair is a keynote speaker at a University of Cambridge Conference ‘Islam and Muslims in the World today‘. it seems that our Foreign Office has decided the programme and attendees. A sarcastic Mr Chaudhry wrote in to ask for more information…. Dear Sirs, I was wondering why no British Muslims…

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A Henry VIII to declare a Church of British Islam?

  On 5th April 2007, the Minister responsible for the Department of Communities and Local Government, Ruth Kelly MP delivered a speech setting out proposals affecting Muslims and their institutions. The Whitehall Court is replete with courtier-Muslims, but is there a Sir Thomas More ready to put up resistance to our new Henry VIIIs? The…

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Fancy that! A holistic view of extremism

      So our Minister for Communities & Local Government, Ruth Kelly is again shifting the collective responsibility for the July 2005 attacks on to the Muslim community. Visiting Birmingham on 26 February she declared, ‘Muslims were better placed to fight extremism within the Muslim community than the Government’ (27 Feb, Birmingham Post).  Full…