An introductory guide to the attention-grabbing London borough.
LEON SILVER: Prior to the First World War, increased persecution caused a mass emigration of Jews to the East End of London. In the new Jewish East End, poverty was rife, but high levels of religious observance, literacy, respect for education and strong cultural traditions also created an environment of intense creativity and self-help.
ADRIAN NEWMAN: A quarter of a century ago the ‘faith’ question was hidden behind the question of culture and ethnicity. But there has since been a shift. Today, religiously diverse places like East London can make an important contribution to make to the development of a healthy society in modern Britain.
ANSAR AHMED ULLAH: In recent years there has been a focus on faith, so those once identified as ‘Asians’ are now described in religious terms. This shift has led to the emergence of a ‘faith industry’ comparable to the ‘race industry’ of the 1970s and 1980s.
FRANCES JONES: Since 2009, the EDL has repeatedly targeted the borough of Tower Hamlets, styling the area as ‘Britain’s Islamic state’. While EDL marches have presented the major challenges, the borough’s history of engagement with local activists have meant that community resilience has not been damaged.
TITUS HJELM: Since the global financial crisis of 2008, a succession of protest movements across the world have prompted commentators to herald the ‘return of street politics’. In this introduction to the new project, Titus Hjelm argues that what is required is a rethinking of the meaning of ‘politics’ itself.
A collection of resources on Tower Hamlets for researchers, educators and policymakers, including maps of census data, council reports on the city and its inhabitants and highlights of recent academic research.
THERESE O’TOOLE ET AL: After Cameron’s Prevent review, local authorities could be set for a collision with central government.