What a roller coaster of a year 2015 was – especially if you teach about religion. The frenzied debate about free speech post-Charlie Hebdo, spate of ISIS terror attacks and, yes, Donald Trump, propelled classroom practitioners like me into relentless … Continue reading What should we teach about Islam?
Below is the text of my welcome address at my school’s ‘Faiths Forum’ on Wednesday 18th November as part of Interfaith Week. Leaders from Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and Buddhist communities were present to answer questions from Year 9 pupils. … Continue reading Welcome message at faiths forum
This article was published in ‘On Religion’ on Thursday 27th August 2015. It can also be read here. ‘God is great!’ That was one of the praises sung by thousands of Muslims at a convention in south east England last … Continue reading A figure shrouded in controversy – will the mystery ever be solved?
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