Gender, Prevent and British Muslims

KATHERINE E. BROWNE: When Prevent was first established it made the mistake of stereotypically portraying Muslim women as ‘naturally’ liberal and ideally placed to combat ‘masculine’ Islamic extremism. Under the Coalition this portrayal has disappeared, but now Muslim women are ignored, or only mentioned as passive victims of terrorism or community oppression.

Preventing violent extremism under the Coalition

PAUL THOMAS: The Prevent Review of 2011, which sought to decouple security and integration policies, was understood as having ‘solved’ Prevent’s problems. But in reality this shift has obscured rather than solved Prevent’s problems.

Presence, voice and impact: Muslim participation in governance

THERESE O’TOOLE ET AL: Thanks to events such as the Rushdie affair and the publication in Denmark in 2005 of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, Muslim political activism has been associated primarily with protest. The last fifteen years have however seen Muslims increasingly participating in governance. Though less remarked on, this type of political action has had a significant impact on national politics in Britain.