“A state of constant anxiety and hypervigilance” – Islamophobia and how it affects the mental health of Muslims

With hate crime on the rise in the UK and continuing discrimination in many areas of life, Basit Mahmood discusses an issue that gains relatively little attention – the effect of Islamophobia on the mental health of Muslims We usually have no problem accepting that the environment we grow up in and experience has an… Read More

We need to address the racialisation of crime and deviance | AN ALTERNATIVE LENS

With recent reports showing that half of young prison inmates are from a black and minority ethnic background, Basit Mahmood argues that it’s time for a new approach other than criminalisation without addressing underlying causes A report cited by the Voice newspaper in 2011 revealed that black boys made up 40% of the prison population,… Read More

The government is reviewing the Prevent strategy – will it listen to the communities most affected? | AN ALTERNATIVE LENS

The government is set to review its much criticised Prevent counter-extremism strategy, however in his first column for Media Diversified, Basit Mahmood asks will they actually listen to the real-life experience and concerns of members of the Muslim communities most affected? Note: the featured image above is a stock photo. Earlier this week, the government’s… Read More

Why “I did it to pay my bills” is never an excuse for journalists who spread hate | AN ALTERNATIVE LENS

There’s been a debate on whether it’s acceptable for young, ostensibily left wing journalists to write sensationalist hate-mongering articles for right-wing media as they rise up the career ladder, with many senior journalists showing support. However as Basit Mahmood writes, when you come from a community affected by dangerous rhetoric, it’s a different story.  … Read More

“The scout told me they don’t take on Asian players” – where are the South Asian footballers?

With South Asian players conspicuous by their absence at all levels of professional football, cultural reasons are often cited as a major factor. However, as Basit Mahmood reports, there are often barriers that have more to do with the prejudice of football’s gatekeepers Only 12 out of over 3,700 professional football players in England and… Read More