Wednesday, 18 May 2011

"Does the BBC have a problem with Muslims?"

I have been thinking about my appearance on the BBC Big Questions programme on Sunday to discuss the ‘future of British Islam’. I am not afraid of sharp debate, and don’t mind a bit of an argument.  But I had hoped for a positive discussion; one that tried to engage with the real lives of British Muslims, rather than dealing with endless stereotypes and slanders.

That’s a bit difficult, though, when the debate is summed up in the question, “does Britain have a problem with Muslims?” Islamophobia Watch take up this point in their review of the programme. (Does the BBC have a problem with Muslims?).

They argue that “...the very title illustrates how Islamophobic discourse has entered the mainstream. Can anyone imagine the BBC broadcasting a programme that addressed the question "Does Britain have a problem with Jews?" or "Does Britain have a problem with Blacks?"”.