“Islamophobia needs to be redefined” by Tehmina Kazi (Guardian 26 January 2011)

“Islamophobia needs to be redefined” by Tehmina Kazi (Guardian 26 January 2011)

chris allen

An excellent article has appeared on the Guardian website that considers the issue of Islamophobia not least because it references and directly quotes from my book.

The article can be found by clicking here but is also reproduced below:

Islamophobia needs to be redefined

It is vital that we encourage open, honest and mutually respectful debate about the role of Islam and Muslims in British society – Tehmina Kazi

The question: Is hatred of Islam now acceptable?

Ever heard the one about Muslim medics spreading disease across Leicester by refusing to roll up their sleeves in the washbasin? How about the Muslim council employees who “banned” Christmas in Lambeth, renaming “Christmas lights” to the generic-sounding “winter lights?” Both of these stories were reported by mainstream British newspapers during the last four years, and both – as well as dozens more – were found to be suffering from an evidence bypass.

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