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Updates on what has been happening in the past week and upcoming events.

Contents

1. Intro
2. Press Releases
3. Alerts
4. Upcoming Events
5. Campaigns
6. Briefing
7. Comment
8. Blogs
9. IHRC in media

1. Intro

An evening with acclaimed creative Mark Gonzales, and the return of Professor Ramon Grosfoguel to IHRC (full details below).  We will also be holding a panel discussion in Istanbul on the situation in Egypt.

We are also hosting a year long counter-racist course in London in partnership with the Assata-Tupac Liberation School and SOAS2, and teaming up on other events across the next year.  We are also in preparation for the 2014 Genocide Memorial Day and the return of the Islamophobia Awards in February next year.  So watch this space for more news on these events.

Please remember us in your duas, and consider giving us a donation by any of the methods below.  We rely on your contribution to enable us to support victims of hatred and violence.

The IHRC newsletter is here, and below you can find details on how to download it and distribute it. Other facets of IHRC’s work have been reported on including our hate crime monitoring activities and research in the UK and USA.

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2. Press Releases

Press release: UK Event - Surviving the Idiots

The radical American storyteller Mark Gonzales will be performing in a special one-off event. Organised by the IHRC in London on Monday 4 November.

Gonzales uses a unique blend of quickfire rap and poetry to concuss his audience into reflecting on the major global themes of the day. His performances have earned him plaudits worldwide.

Press release: New Immigration Bill is Xenophobe's Charter

Deep concerns as Tories push ahead with bill.

Proposed new government legislation in the shape of the Immigration Bill, which receives its second reading before Parliament tomorrow, will have the effect of further whipping up an already xenophobic climate in the UK and exacerbating racial tensions.

Press Release: Immigration fishing raids must stop

IHRC condemns immigration raids taking place across the country aimed at netting and deporting illegal immigrants

The IHRC condemns the wave of recent immigration raids across the country aimed at netting and deporting illegal immigrants and has responded by initiating a series of workshops to inform people of their legal rights.

3. Alerts

Action Alert: Call for Papers

Abstract Deadline: January 10th, 2014

Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project at the Center for Race and Gender, UC Berkeley invites scholars, researchers, artists, poets, media producers, visual artists, activists, and organizations to submit abstracts for the Fifth Annual International Conference on Islamophobia Studies:

#visionaryawakening Exhibition @ihrc

#visionaryawakening Exhibition @ihrc from 19 September 2013 to 18 February 2014 drop by if you are in the area. IHRC is delighted to host visionary photographer and artist Nasreen Shaikh Jamal al-Lail’s work at its gallery in Wembley, northwest London.

Help IHRC – Become a Newsletter Distributor

From just a few copies to a few thousand, help get IHRC’s message heard

Free Advice Surgeries - London, UK

Islamic Human Rights Commission offers free weekly Information and Advice surgeries every Wednesday. Our professional caseworkers can provide people with information and advice on a whole range of issues.

Our service is confidential, independent and free.

4. Upcoming Events

Egypt – What Now? Istanbul, Turkey

IHRC is organising a panel discussion in Istanbul, Turkey on 31 October

Speakers include Magdy Hussain (Egyptian Labor Party), Imam Muhammad Al-Asi (elected Imam, Islamic Center, Washington D.C.), Mohideen Abdel Kader (Citizens International, Malaysia).  More details to follow, including details of more speakers.

Mark Gonzales: Poetic Secrets to Surviving the Idiots

A one night only event, Monday 4 November 2013

Join IHRC on Monday 4 November at 7pm to listen and share with Mark Gonzales. This one night only event is for all you whose head hurts from the amount of bigotry & stupidity that is being circulated in every day conversation.

Decolonizing Postcolonial Studies and the Paradigms of Political-Economy

Evening with Ramon Grosfoguel on the current academic paradigms from a decolonial perspective. Ramón Grosfoguel: Decolonizing Postcolonial Studies and the Paradigms of Political-Economy

Tuesday 10 December 2013, 6.45pm - 8.45pm (GMT) at the IHRC Bookshop & Gallery

COURSE: Critical Muslim Studies: Decolonial Struggles, Theology of Liberation and Islamic Revival

Faculty includes Tariq Ramadan, Ramon Grosfoguel-Salman Sayyid, Houria Bouteldja and IHRC's Arzu Merali.

The Center for the Study of Intercultural Dialogues (Granada, Spain) http://www.dialogoglobal.com/granada is now accepting applications for the 2014 two-week summer institute, Critical Muslim Studies: Decolonial Struggles, Theology of Liberation and Islamic Revival. Moreover, as a strong commitment to a vision of Critical Muslim Studies there are two symposiums organized inside the summer school every year: one on Islamic Feminism led by Asma Lamrabet (Directrice du Centre des Etudes Féminines en Islam au sein de la Rabita Mohammadia des ulémas du Maroc:http://www.annisae.ma/ ) and the other on Radical Muslim Reform led by Tariq Ramadan (Director of The Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) in Qatar: http://cilecenter.org/ ). 

Intifada Street: Revolutionary Arts

Coming to IHRC in 2014

Artist Mohammad Hamza joins us at the IHRC Gallery in Wembley, North West London in March 2014 to showcase his revolutionary arts. Watch this space for more information in the coming weeks.

As well as; Genocide Memorial Day, Sunday 19 January in London and other European cities and Islamophobia Awards, 14 February 2014

5. Campaigns

Holy Land Foundation Campaign

Holy Land Foundation Campaign Resources

Know Your Rights: Schedule 7 Resources

A compilation of resources and links from IHRC in relation to the Schedule 7 and know your rights.

6. Briefing

Decolonising France

Ahmed Hassan overviews Houria Bouteldja's presentation at IHRC in 2013, you can watch the video of Houria's talk here.

Houria Bouteldja, founding member and spokesperson of the Party of the Indigenous of the Republic (PIR) is a French citizen of Algerian heritage and outspoken activist on the rights of French residents of African and Arab backgrounds.  

7. Comment

Nazim Ali says anti-Shia sectarianism is a growing and worrying trend during the hajj pilgrimage.

The pilgrims in Mecca have now pretty much completed all their compulsory acts for hajj and those of us sat many miles away will be glad that it all passed off without any major incident.  

Read the original comment  published in 5Pillarz on 19 October 2013

Muslim schools, hijab and Islamophobia in the UK

Faisal Bodi looks at the demonised  discourse around Al-Madinah school 

The Derby Free School row has exposed the level of antipathy that still exists in British society towards Islamic schooling.

In fact, along with Islamic women’s attire, it remains the issue most likely to incur the wrath of today’s Islamophobic inquisitors.

In the case of Al-Madinah Free School the two flashpoints have converged to form an almighty lightning rod for those seeking to prevent the Muslim community from exercising its legitimate religious and social rights.

Schools, Lies and Muslimness

Arzu Merali argues that it is the crises of mainstream education the fuel the desire for Muslim schools
 A friend was upset with the Muslim school her youngest of four is going to.  GCSE results have dipped in the last few years (it is not the top school in the borough anymore, only maybe third, sometimes fourth behind the other Muslim school, the Jewish school and the Hindu school).  Some of the teachers there seem to have an uncritical view of the national curriculum – much more so than in the old days when her other three children passed through its doors from Reception to GCSE.  There are other issues too, and her youngest being in Year 6 she determined to look at other secondary schools in the area thinking maybe this time, it would be back into the mainstream.
8. Blogs

Muslim schools, hijab and Islamophobia in the UK

Faisal Bodi looks at the demonised  discourse around Al-Madinah school. The Derby Free School row has exposed the level of antipathy that still exists in British society towards Islamic schooling.

In fact, along with Islamic women’s attire, it remains the issue most likely to incur the wrath of today’s Islamophobic inquisitors.

In the case of Al-Madinah Free School the two flashpoints have converged to form an almighty lightning rod for those seeking to prevent the Muslim community from exercising its legitimate religious and social rights. To read the full article visit here.

Ottomania and the continuing conceits of Empire.

A review of Rageh Omaar's BBC2 series.

The Ottomans: Muslim Emperors of Europe on BBC2 finished last Sunday.  

Three hours isn’t much to cover half a millennium of politics but still much more than has been hitherto given to the subject on mainstream British TV.  What a shame then that all we got was more of the same – more of the same exotification (episode one went with harems and slaves amongst other familiar tropes); more of the same oversight of inconvenient parts of history (episode 3 bypassed the soft coup of the 1990s and the attacks on the Refah party and Fazilat Party); and the same slow motion shot of festooned dancing men in the current day celebrating the birth of the Ottoman dynasty founder, punctuating all the episodes, right up to the end of the last one.

Schools, Lies and Muslimness

Arzu Merali argues that it is the crises of mainstream education the fuel the desire for Muslim schools

A friend was upset with the Muslim school her youngest of four is going to.  GCSE results have dipped in the last few years (it is not the top school in the borough anymore, only maybe third, sometimes fourth behind the other Muslim school, the Jewish school and the Hindu school).  Some of the teachers there seem to have an uncritical view of the national curriculum – much more so than in the old days when her other three children passed through its doors from Reception to GCSE.  There are other issues too, and her youngest being in Year 6 she determined to look at other secondary schools in the area thinking maybe this time, it would be back into the mainstream.

9. IHRC in media

Human Rights Group attacks proposed UK immigration bill

Islamic Human Rights Commission calls the bill “xenophobe’s charter”. LONDON (AA) - A Human rights group has launched a scathing attack against the UK government’s proposed immigration bill.

London based, Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), called the bill, which is being debated in parliament on Tuesday, a “xenophobe’s charter”.

West creating divisions among Muslims: Analyst

A political commentator says certain Western groups are working to create divisions among Muslims to impede Islam’s rapid growth across the world.

Massoud Shadjareh, who is the chair of the London-based Islamic Human Rights Commission, made the remarks during a discussion about Islamic unity on Press TV’s program The Debate broadcast on Tuesday. 

Human Rights group attacks proposed UK immigration bill

Islamic Human Rights Commission calls the bill “xenophobe’s charter”. A Human rights group has launched a scathing attack against the UK government’s proposed immigration bill.

London based, Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), called the bill, which is being debated in parliament on Tuesday, a “xenophobe’s charter”.

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