David Miller, Professor of Sociology at Bath University and key contributor to Spinwatch, will be joining Sufyan Ismail, CEO and founder of Muslim Engagement and Development (MEND), to discuss the impact of the Islamophobia industry at free events in Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and London next week.
Spinwatch is run by journalists and academics with extensive experience in key social, political, environmental and health issues in the UK and Europe.
MEND is a leading UK Muslim organization dedicated to tackling Islamophobia via advocacy in Westminster and grass roots community empowerment. MEND gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry on press ethics; MEND sits on the CPS’s national hate crime panel and works nationally with Police Crime commissioners to tackle Islamophobia. MEND also has an extensive grass roots Muslim empowerment programme across the UK.
In recent years, anti-Muslim hate crime has been on the rise with official figures disclosing an alarming rate of increase in racial and religious hate crime; 45% increase in religious hate crime between 2012/13 and 2013/14 according to figures released by the Home Office. Moreover, analyses of the British Social Attitudes survey denote a disturbing trend in the growth of racial prejudice, especially anti-Muslim prejudice, among Britons.
While Muslim organisations, like MEND, are challenging anti-Muslim public discourse, tackling biased reporting in the media, and working with police and local authorities to improve reporting of anti-Muslim hate crime, the wider context and factors which facilitate the creation of an environment congenial to anti-Muslim hatred and prejudice are less well known.
This event will explore the five facets to Islamophobia and its impact on British Muslim citizens; their lives, their civil and political rights and their well-being.
It is a view widely held that frustrations with self-confidence and a confused identity are consequential to the susceptibility of people to extremism and radicalisation. How we cultivate a strong sense of British identity and foster a sense of belonging is crucial to the success of British Muslim integration.
We hope you will join us as we examine the factors that contribute to Islamophobia in the UK and nurture social activism in support of diversity and social cohesion.