France and Football

Date: 14th October Setting: Le Stade de France, Paris the Match: a football Friendly France vs Tunisia…. ……what happens next?   As is customary, the Friendly opened with a recital of the French national song, ‘La Marseillaise‘. Ironically, at the point the singer reached the lines Allons enfants de la patrie come children of the…

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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The Alhambra literary fair

Jamila Sherif at the Alhambra literary fair [with accounts of Tariq Ramadan and Adhaf Soueif The 4-day literary Hay Festival at the Alhambra 3-6th April was a unique and highly enjoyable cultural event which included lectures, discussion, poetry recitals, bookstalls, book signings,¬†film¬†showings and music concerts. Granada once again became a great cultural meeting point reminding…