Friday, 12 February 2010

alienated, frustrated and under siege

This weeks New Statesman magazine carries a special feature on Muslims and Islam. It includes an article by yours truly about the recent debate over whether the burka should be banned. I will post it when they put it online. In the meantime, the editorial gives a taster of what is inside.

“Leader: Britain has nothing to fear from Islam

British Muslims, alienated, frustrated and under siege, need our support.
More than half the people of Britain are strongly opposed to a mosque being built in their neighbourhood. Only a quarter of Britons feel positive towards Muslims, while more than a third report feeling "cool" towards them. These are the ominous results from the latest British Social Attitudes Survey. So is Britain anti-Muslim? Is there a place for Islam in British public life?" More here.