“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

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

Why I’m no longer talking to… well, anyone… about religion

Inspired by Reni Eddo Lodge and her best selling book Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, Mariya bint Rehan has decided to channel that same energy for conversations about religion Content Note: discussion of Islamophobia and link to an Islamophobic YouTube video in this article. I’m quite a talkative person, but… Read More

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

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 day, played out on… Read More