Frank Cranmer discusses the difficulty in deciding issues of ‘reasonable accommodation’ and discrimination of religion in employment.
Chara Bakalis: the Racial and Religious Hatred Act that came into force in 2006 is not just narrowly focused, and little implemented, it is not well designed to address forms of online hate speech that incite hatred towards religion or religious groups.
RAYMOND TARAS: Much has been said about pathological fears affecting contemporary European societies. The most cited are xenophobia, racism, anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia. But analysis of fear’s place in contemporary politics often appears muddled, imprecise, moralistic, or polemical. This piece seeks to encourage greater reflexivity in elaborating critiques of this key phenomenon.
BRIAN KLUG asks do we need the words ‘Islamophobia’ and ‘antisemitism’ to denounce forms of bigotry? Are these the right terms or should we use alternatives such as ‘anti-Muslimism’ or ‘anti-Jewish racism’? Are these analogous or entirely dissimilar phenomena? To answer this, he suggests we should grasp the use to which they are put.
NASAR MEER examines correlations in the prevalence of Islamophobia and antisemitism across Europe, arguing that both draw on similar tropes of race, culture and belonging. As such, he suggests, they are not limited to hostility to a religion alone, but are tied up with issues of community identity, stereotyping, socio-economic location, and political conflict. He concludes that Muslim and Jewish minorities have a clear and pressing rationale for collaborating further and tackling both together.
A new report into the experience and impact of anti-Muslim hatred on British Muslim women, by Chris Allen, Arshad Isakjee and Ozlem Ogtem Young, has been released by the University of Birmingham. The report, based on interviews with 20 Muslim women and produced in association with Muslim hate crime monitor Tell MAMA, found that in 80 per cent of cases women are targeted because of wearing Muslim dress, a headscarf, niqab or full-face … Continued
FIYAZ MUGHAL: TELL MAMA was set up in 2012 with the aim of gathering information about anti-Muslim prejudice and supporting its victims. In this article, the organisation’s founder, Fiyaz Mughal, explains its aims, its recent work and some of the challenges it has faced since its inception.
NASAR MEER ET AL: With discrimination law having undergone major changes over the last decade, New possibilities have emerged to recognise the complex interaction between inequalities. Yet recently, rather than addressing multiple layers of discrimination, a risk has surfaced that we could roll backwards.
LUCY VICKERS: In public discussions about faith schools, the focus often falls on the admission of pupils. Yet discrimination against teachers on the basis of faith or belief is just as significant, especially because schools are treated in English law differently to other organisations with a faith ethos.
PRAKASH SHAH: Why did legislation against caste discrimination come to be passed in 2013 even though a serious case for it had not been established? Drawing on parliamentary debates, this short article explains the push to legislate without due consideration by reference to the persistence of Orientalism in British culture and its linked notions of the corruption of Indian culture and society.