This is the homepage of Alif Aleph UK, a group of British Muslims and British Jews brought together with the aim of improving Jewish-Muslim relations in the UK. It was founded in 2003 by Richard Stone, President of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality. This website informs visitors about the inter-faith projects the group is involved with. It makes available their press releases; and information about the latest news and events, and of how to get involved in Jewish-Muslim interfaith activities in different regions in the UK. There are also documents which could be downloaded. The site provides a search engine.
The Association of Muslim Social Scientists (UK) brings together Muslim academics and others interested in the study of Islam to develop Islamic thought through research and publications. They are particularly interested in generating Islamic perspectives on contemporary issues from an academic standpoint. The website of the association provides information about its work, including news, recent events and awards. It also gives access to a number of publications, including: current and past newsletters; occasional papers; conference proceedings; and more general publications on themes like British Muslims or Muslims on Education. The site will be of interest to students and researchers in Islamic Studies, particularly those interested in research on contemporary issues or Islam in the United Kingdom.
'The Forum for the Comparative Study of Jews and Muslims in Britain, Europe and North America' is the homepage of a project led by Humayun Ansari, Professor of Islam and Cultural Diversity at Royal Holloway, University of London. The initiative was funded under the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)'s Diasporas, Migration and Identities research programme. It aimed to: study the experiences of Jewish and Muslims as members of minority faith groups in the West; enhance understanding of Jewish-Muslim relations in the contemporary era; and use the findings from the above two aims to lay the foundation for a fruitful dialogue between members of the 2 groups in the future. To meet these objectives, an academic workshop and a practitioners workshop were held in 2006. This website provides the names and biographies of the participants; and the reports or abstracts of papers presented at the workshops. It also permits access to the contents of a book jointly edited in 2007 by Professor Ansari and David Cesarani. The book, entitled 'Muslim-Jewish Dialogue in a 21st Century World' (ISBN: 9781905846122), was published by the Department of History at Royal Holloway. Links are provided to the homepages of relevant organisations.
Deenport is a web portal for those interested in subjects generally related to Islam and Muslims. Based on frames, the format of the website is simple and easy to use. It was originally conceived as a 'Deen News Bureau', and still provides up to date information on events and news related to Muslims (mainly Sunni) in the English speaking world, particularly Britain and the United States. The main target audiences of this portal are young, educated western Muslims who are interested in a moderate traditional form of Islam. By logging in as a member, one can participate in its message boards, and add new events and links. New developments in the Muslim web community can also be followed on the Blogtracker section. An online art gallery displays a selection of Islam-related artwork and photos, and one can also download lessons and audio recordings of religious music such as Sufi chants and songs in praise of the God and the Prophet Muhammad.
The Euro-Islam website provides information on Islam and Muslims in Europe and the United States as part of a European Commission-funded project based at the GSRL (Groupe de Sociologie des Religions et de la Laďcité), a CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) research institute in Paris. Two of the most useful sections are: News, consisting of brief summaries of stories with links to full-text articles; and Country Profiles, presenting comprehensive background information on Muslim populations in 13 European countries and four cities. The country profiles include information on: demographics; the labour market; education; state and church relations; political participation; Muslim organisations; Islamic practice; public perceptions of Islam; media coverage; and legislation relating to Islam. Essays presenting transnational analyses of some of these issues are being developed, and the structure of the country profiles is useful for transnational comparison as well.
The site also includes: information on current and past research projects; an extensive bibliography; and links to websites on Islam as well as to relevant journals, research groups and institutes. The site is a valuable resource for all researchers and students looking for reliable and current information on Islam in Europe and the United States.
This website very briefly describes an AHRC/ESRC-funded project investigating the construction and use of religious extremist discourses and how these can be challenged by Muslim groups in partnership with the police. The study will draw on the experiences of Muslim communities and Police Officers’ own experiences, giving voice to opinions “overlooked by the welter of policy-driven terrorist and counter-terrorist discourse post 9/11”.
This is the project homepage of 'Framing Muslims', an AHRC-funded initiative based at the University of East London and led by Dr Peter Morey, Reader in Literature in the School of Social Sciences, Media and Cultural Studies. This international and inter-disciplinary project aims to study the depiction (including self-depiction) of Muslims in political, legal, public and media discourses in the West and how these might be challenged and circumvented in the future. This website contains: information about the project and past and forthcoming events; links to relevant 'Hot Topics'; podcasts; commentaries; and a list of print-based publications on the areas under study. There are also links to the homepages of relevant organisations. A search engine is available.
This is the project homepage of 'From Hijab to Jilbab, the Half-Generational Shift: Being Muslim in a British Multicultural Society', a one-year research based at the School of Education, University of Nottingham. It receives funding from the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Research Programme and is led by Dr Kaye Haw, a Principal Research Fellow at the school. The work aims to study the changes that have taken place over time for Muslims living in a British multicultural society. The researchers hope to use the results to challenge the stereotypes that have developed and to open up the channel of communication between those from different backgrounds and generations. They aim to produce a DVD about life in a multicultural society. This homepage invites participation from those affected by the issues discussed, and contains a search engine and a downloadable copy of the project leaflet.
This website provides the full-text of 'Immigration, Faith and Cohesion: Evidence from Local Areas with Significant Muslim Populations' (ISBN: 9781859356388). The print version of the work was published in 2008 by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. This report, which was prepared by Hiranthi Jayaweera (University of Oxford) and Tufyal Choudhury (University of Durham), aimed to explore the factors that affect community cohesion in Britain and the role that faith communities play in this. The study focuses on three local urban areas with high numbers of Muslims living alongside those from other religious traditions namely the Borough of Newham in London, Birmingham and Bradford. The report is presented under these chapter headings: Introduction; Research Methods and Sample Characteristics; Equality and Discrimination; Neighbourhoods, Localities and Interactions; Political and Civic Engagement; Transnational Involvement and Belonging in Britain; Findings from Interviews with Policy-Makers and Practitioners; and Conclusion. The document is presented in PDF and would require Adobe Acrobat Reader for access.
The Islam in Western Europe website is a gateway maintained by Martin Riexinger at the Seminar for Arabic and Islamic Studies in Göttingen, Germany. It provides links to a wide range of resources on Islam and Muslims in Europe, organised by country and resource type. Resource categories include: articles, reports and dossiers; organisations; research institutes; local associations and mosques; media; and education and interfaith dialogue. The geographical coverage is quite broad, and the site includes sections on Europe in general as well as Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, Austria, Portugal, Switzerland and Scandinavia. Separate pages for Germany and Great Britain also bring together an even wider number of resources, particularly articles and reports, official statistics and documents, and links to organisations and local associations. Although many of the links are not very well annotated, the site is of great value for its collection of published articles related to Islam in Europe from academic and media sources. It is also a good source for initial research on Muslim organisations in European countries.
The Mas’ud Ahmed Khan website has evolved substantially from its early origins as a newsgroup run in the 1990s by the administrator. Its resources mainly reflect the interests and concerns of an increasingly vocal and articulate section of British Muslim society interested in reviving a traditionalist Sunni version of Islam, Sufi orientated, and keen on maintaining a strong British identity (one section is dedicated to British Muslim Heritage). Leading figures of this community (US born Nuh Ha Mim Keller and Cambridge don Abdul Hakim Murad, who both produce a bulk of the articles) have grown in importance over the last decade, particularly following 9/11 and the increasing media attention given to Muslims in the West. Therefore, this website is useful to those interesting in researching discussion among British Muslims over issues relating to citizenship and jihad, articulated not only in contemporary article form, but also in the language of classical juristic and theological scholarship. Numerous video and audio resources are also available, including lectures and radio interviews. These resources deal not only with contemporary social issues, but also long-standing theological debates that are still current in modern Muslim society.
The Muslim Directory website is a guide to information, services, and organisations for the British Muslim community. It also includes some information on Islam in general and Islam in the United Kingdom that will be of interest to students and researchers. The main features of the site are searchable directories for Muslim businesses, schools, organisations and mosques across the United Kingdom. The main page also gives access to: company profiles; events and activities postings; prayer times; and brief guides to issues relevant to British Muslims like marriage, birth, and funeral arrangements. Students and researchers may also be interested in the Islam at a Glance section, which is a series of brief articles on basic topics related to Islam; as well as the News section, which compiles articles from the media, primarily related to Muslims in Britain. Although the main audience for the site is the British Muslim community, it is a good first stop for basic information about Islam and Muslim communities, and the directories will be a valuable resource for those looking for information on local services and organisations for Muslims.
This website allows access to the full-text of 'Muslim Women Talk Wales', available in PDF and as a Word document. The report, which was commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government, was published on the 11th of July 2006. It investigated the concerns of and issues confronting Muslim women who live and/or work in Wales. In so doing, it had aimed to establish better communications and understanding between them and the government and policy makers in Wales. It aimed also to assist the latter to comply with the spirit and letter of the National Assembly for Wales Race Relations Scheme 2005-2008. The research and report were undertaken by Monica Mahoney and Shahien Taj on behalf of the All Wales Saheli Association.
The Salaam website is a valuable resource for information about Islam in general as well as about Islam and Muslims in Britain. Much of the site is devoted to links and services for the British Muslim community, including: mosque and halal restaurant locators; listings for jobs, events and charities; and an interactive advice section. The rest of the site provides information appropriate to academic and general audiences, including an extensive news section as well as articles on various topics.
Academic audiences will be most interested in the Knowledge section of the site, which provides generally well-sourced articles on different themes including: hajj; Islamic finance; Islamic art; Muslims in the West; specific Muslim countries; and Islam and science. It also includes a searchable biographical dictionary with over 2300 entries. An excellent section on Muslims in Britain includes articles on: the history of Islam in the UK; public recognition of Muslims; defining events; demographics; and politics. It also provides links to a number of books and reports on the topic. The site is a good source for students looking for basic information on Islam in general and on Muslims in Britain, as well as for researchers interested in current debates related to Islam in the West.
The official website of Tariq Ramadan, a well-known European Muslim scholar and public intellectual, provides information on Ramadan and his work as well as other articles and resources related to Islam and Muslims in the West. The site includes: a brief biography; recent and upcoming events listings; descriptions and reviews of Ramadan's books; links to a large number of his articles in academic and mainstream journals; and a good number of audio and video files of Ramadan's lectures, debates and media appearances. It also includes articles by other authors about Ramadan or about issues related to Islam in the West. Although the focus of the site is on the political, intellectual and social questions related to the presence of Muslim populations in Europe and the United States, the site also includes a 'spirituality' section that focuses more on religious questions. This will be a useful source for students and researchers at all levels with an interest in contemporary Islam in Europe and the United States.
'Understanding and Appreciating Muslim Diversity: Towards Better Engagement and Participation' is the online version of an April 2008 report published by the Institute of Community Cohesion (iCoCo), Futures Institute at the University of Coventry. The report was prepared by: Nadeem Baksh; Ted Cantle; Judith Lempriere; and Daljit Kaur. The work sought to help local agencies with their social cohesion and inclusion policies by studying the differences between and within the many Muslim communities in contemporary Britain. These include exploration of factors like theological affiliation; ethnicity; national origins; culture; and class and generational issues. The report is organised under the following section headings: Introduction; A Framework for Understanding Diversity; and Policy and Practice at a Local Level: Effective Engagement. It is presented in PDF and would require Adobe Acrobat Reader for access.
This is the project homepage of 'Writing British Asian Cities', an initiative which was funded by the AHRC Diasporas, Migrations and Identities Programme. The project had sought to study the changing socio-religious dynamics of 5 British-Asian localities (namely Bradford, London, Manchester, Leicester and Birmingham) in the 60 years since post-war migration from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and East Africa began. The study, which took place between 2006 to 2008, was led by Drs Sean McLoughlin, William Gould, Ananya Kabir and Emma Tomalin from the University of Leeds. This website contains numerous materials related to the project like: interactive papers; audio recordings of presentations; reports; powerpoint slides; photographs; and bibliographies. There are links to relevant websites and a database which contains the names and contact details of scholars working in the areas of diasporas, migrations and identities. The website aims also to be a hub for relevant work on different genres of writing about South Asian diasporas in Britain.