An edited version of this article was published on Monday 10th August 2015 in ‘The Independent’ online. I’ve made up my mind. I’ll soon be packing my bags and leaving Birmingham to pledge allegiance to the Caliphate. Thousands more, mostly from … Continue reading I’m pledging allegiance to the Caliphate – and no, I don’t mean ISIS
In his countering extremism speech in Birmingham last week, David Cameron called for “strong”, “positive” and “reforming” Muslim voices to be given more prominence to help tackle radicalisation – the “struggle of our generation”. So it was very apt that … Continue reading Will ‘Prevent’ stop radicalisation?
This article was published on Wednesday 22nd July 2015 in ‘Huffington Post’. It can also be read here. I was at David Cameron’s big speech unveiling the Government’s counter extremism bill in Birmingham, and there’s no doubt about it – he … Continue reading Response to Prime Minister David Cameron’s counter extremism speech
This article was published on Tuesday 7th July 2015 in ‘On Religion’, a quarterly magazine providing in-depth, informed and impartial commentary on religion. It can also be read here. It is 10 years to the day that terror struck London. … Continue reading I became a teacher not to gather intelligence, but to enhance it
We are already a third of the way through Ramadhan and I’m happy to say that none of my three children, including the eldest who is 13, have observed a complete fast. I haven’t allowed them to. This might be surprising … Continue reading Why I don’t allow my children to fast
Just prior to the start of Ramadhan, I came across this interesting chart showing fasting times around the world. It shows how the length of each fast can vary considerably depending where one lives – from 22 hours for those … Continue reading Fasting provides plenty of food for thought
At the end of this year’s A2 Religious Studies course I received a lovely card from one of my brilliant students, Hannah. On the front was an image of Socrates and inside some flattering comments about my teaching. Towards the … Continue reading Should teachers keep their views out of the classroom?