Brown men belong in documentaries, not fine art: in conversation with photographer Mahtab Hussain

by Jamal Mehmood These are trying times for the subjects of Mahtab Hussain’s latest work. The artist’s series of portraits titled ‘You Get Me?’ is a timely look at young, working class South Asian men, who identify as Muslim. A community that is at once under pernicious state surveillance, as well as increasing intimidation from… Read More

Theresa May’s real Easter message: colonial nostalgia and hypocrisy

  By Ali Meghji  Easter celebrates the resurrection of Christ. But Theresa May’s Easter message displayed another type of resurrection, that of a nationalism which reeks of Empire, colonialism, and religious superiority. The Prime Minister spoke of the role that Christian values have to play in British society. Yet, Christian values, just like any other… Read More

Theresa, Trump and a Culture of Demonisation

by Maya Goodfellow  When narratives form around politicians, they tend to be difficult to unpick. Over the weekend the carefully constructed image of Theresa May as a sensibly “cautious” prime minister was deployed by Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi and right-wing paper The Sun to explain her calculated silence over – and then limp criticism of –… Read More

The thirty day challenge: rebranding Ramadan in a world of white fear

by Raf  Russell Brand is an ambidextrous sex spider whose tentacles rile feckless politicians and tax dodging press barons alike; a Colchester Wordsworth who snares devotees in a verbose web of infinite possibilities of how life should be. He is a 21st Century composite of bits from the Age of Aquarius, a Che-Lava lamp in… Read More

How the West lies to itself in order to destroy the Other

by Mark Bou Mansour  The West is facing a growing crisis – one that is swarming its borders, bankrupting its economies, exploiting its welfare systems, undermining its values and terrorizing its streets. That crisis is the other: the refugee, the migrant, the Syrian, the Mexican, the Muslim. Or so goes the great drama of our… Read More

Porn: Our colour blind spot when it comes to racism

by Yomi Adegoke  The general consensus among left-leaning thinkers is that stereotypes, especially harmful, racist ones, are never a good thing. Especially if those stereotypes are being peddled in part for the purposes of sexual gratification and fetishisation. The exception, of course, is when they are solely for sexual gratification and fetishisation. Then, apparently, it’s ‘complicated’.… Read More

Muslim women in leadership are targets for gendered Islamophobia

by Hareem Ghani “When I was younger you didn’t see people in hijabs and niqabs”; “In London we got on. People dressed the same.”; “What you see now are people born and raised here who are choosing to wear the jilbab or niqab. There are questions to be asked about what is going on in those… Read More

The Poll Dance of #WhatBritishMuslimsReallyThink

by Raf  Muslims are isolating themselves in ‘Muslim Ghettos’ the way David Cameron’s Dad isolates his family’s wealth in a secretive tax haven. They are rabidly homophobic, Facebook friends with ISIS, and generally want to impose a tax on non-Muslims entering their Halal curry houses in Old Blighty. Who has concluded this? Trevor Phillips –… Read More

If Muslim women’s clothing makes them consenting slaves, who are their slave masters?

by Shohana Khan Last week French Women’s Rights Minister Laurence Rossignol likened how Muslim women dress to being in collusion with slavery, roundly offending a vast number of groups. Quite an achievement. She was closely followed by the co-founder of Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Berge, who claimed that the fashion world should not get their hands… Read More

London Has Fallen: Sadiq Khan’s First 100 Days as Mayor

by Raf  As I travelled at high speed through Zone 1 on the Jubilee Line in the greatest city in the world a nascent thought germinated: cancer has taken Bowie and Lemmy, but it didn’t kill Jimmy Savile, which in anyone’s book is reason enough to declare a long and costly war on cancer. Yet… Read More