As with wedding parties droned in Pakistan, the martyred souls in Christchurch are a result of a constant institutional diet of hate and islamophobia

In the aftermath of the white supremacist terrorist murders in Christchurch, there has been much discussion of violent far-right ideology, however as Cerie Bullivant writes, there’s been little critique of the mainstream Islamophobia in our politics,  mainstream media and academia From the outset of the War on Terror Tony Blair made sure to emphasise this… Read More

Dimming her lights: The public shaming of Ilhan Omar

The condemnation of Ilhan Omar not only betrays hypocrisy at the heart of the US government, it also demonstrates how Black Americans are subject to disproportionate discipline and censure on a daily basis, writes Olivia Woldemikael The public humiliation and condemnation of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar by Democrats, Republicans, and the American media is all too familiar.… Read More

Calling the attacks on the Mosques in New Zealand terrorist attacks isn’t enough to address structural Islamophobia | AN ALTERNATIVE LENS

Following the horrific white supremacist attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, there have been many calls for the media to label the attackers as terrorists. However as Basit Mahmood writes, this is only the start if we are to address structural Islamophobia To say that I’m devastated at the news of the mosque shootings… Read More

White feminists’ views on Shamima Begum are a failure for all young women of colour

Reaction to the news of Shamima Begum’s loss of her son are still lacking in humanity and empathy, even from white feminists, and as Shaista Aziz writes, that has a real impact on young women of colour A young 19-year-old teenage mother born in Bethnal Green London has lost her third child in the space… Read More

Why doesn’t the media portray Islamophobia in the Conservative Party as a scandal? | AN ALTERNATIVE LENS

  As The Independent Group welcomes three Conservative MPs, Basit Mahmood wonders why the widespread Islamophobia within the Conservative party has garnered little media attention As three Conservative MPs quit their party to join the new Independent Group of MPs, I wondered if, among the reasons for their departure, any would make reference to the… Read More

“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

Britain’s young imams: rebels, feminists, YouTubers, traditionalists

A new photography essay by Shyamantha Asokan explores Britain’s new generation of imams – young Muslims who are breaking with traditions, setting up gender-equal mosques, counselling their congregations on how to deal with Islamophobia, preaching via YouTube, and more. Read More