Islam

Former CST boss will help Muslim group battle Islamophobia

By Marcus Dysch, April 10, 2014

British Jewry’s leading communal security expert has explained why he felt obliged to help a Muslim group tackle Islamophobia.

Richard Benson, who retired as chief executive of the Community Security Trust last year after 12 years at the helm, was appointed co-chair of the Tell Mama group this week.

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London meeting of Muslim and Jewish leaders hailed as 'really special'

By Sandy Rashty, March 26, 2014

An Iraqi-Muslim academic today described a meeting of religious leaders from Israel, Iran and Iraq as “a really special event”.

The religious leaders flew to the UK in a groundbreaking bid to forge ties and resolve the ongoing crisis in the Middle East.

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Jewish-Muslim group wins top interfaith award

By Rosa Doherty, January 31, 2014

An organisation which works to foster links between Jews and Muslims has won a national interfaith award.

The Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester was named as winners of the Spirit of Britain prize at the British Muslim Awards 2014 last night.

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Survey shows high levels of Euro Muslim extremism

By Toby Axelrod, December 19, 2013

A majority of Muslims in Europe hold fundamentalist beliefs, a study conducted by migration expert Ruud Koopmans of the WZB Berlin Social Science Centre has shown.

The findings are derived from a federally sponsored survey of immigrants and citizens of six European countries — Germany, France, Holland, Belgium, Austria and Sweden — conducted in the first half of 2008.

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A little taste of what 'others' feel

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2013

"I hate A-rabs,” said the young man next to me, in a southern accent. “I’ve just got out of the US Navy, and I can tell you, we Americans hate A-rabs. We still ain’t forgotten September 11. We don’t like Middle Eastern people."

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Sectarian violence has become a global crisis, Baroness Warsi warns

By Marcus Dysch, November 20, 2013

Faith and Communities Minister Baroness Warsi has called on people of all religions to do more to tackle hatred and end persecution.

Speaking at Georgetown University in Washington DC, she said sectarianism was becoming the leading reason for conflict in the world, with “faith forming the fault lines” under a “global crisis”.

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Tariq Ramadan was an odd choice for the Orwell Prize lecture

By Martin Bright, November 15, 2013

When I first heard that Tariq Ramadan, the world’s most charming Islamist, had been invited to give the prestigious Orwell Prize lecture, I thought it was some kind of joke.

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Head of the Islamic Movement found guilty of inciting violence

By Shira Rubin, November 14, 2013

The head of the Islamic Movement in Israel’s northern branch, Sheikh Raed Salah, was found guilty of incitement to violence by the Jerusalem Magistrates Court last week.

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Convicted in Bangladesh - what it means in the UK

By Martin Bright, November 7, 2013

This week one of Britain’s most prominent Muslim leaders was found guilty of war crimes during Bangladesh’s war of independence from Pakistan in 1971.

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‘Jewslims’ on love across the divide

By Sandy Rashty, October 24, 2013

Lenny is the son of a Holocaust survivor who has converted to Islam for love. Like others in the same situation interviewed under pseudonyms for BBC Radio 4 programme “Meet the Jewslims”, which aired on Monday, he married his British-Iranian wife Sheherazade in a Muslim ceremony but also sought to reconcile Islam with his Jewish heritage.

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