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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. Multimedia
8. IHRC in media
9. Shop 

1. Intro

Summer School on Black Europe Program 2014 now in its 7th year, the overall goal of this intensive two week course is to examine the contemporary circumstances of the African Diaspora in Europe. We will focus on the historical and colonial legacies of European countries to discuss the origins of Black Europe and investigate the impact of these legacies on policies and legislation today. More information below in the events section.

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.  Keep checking back on our website for further updates and 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.

We cannot do any of this without your support.  Please consider donating even a small regular amount to us on a monthly basis by downloading our newsletter and filling in and returning a standing order form by visiting us on-line and donate here

Or call the IHRC office on +44 20 8904 4222 between 9am – 5pm UK time, Monday to Friday and 10am – 6pm on Saturdays

Or download a copy of our latest newsletter and fill in one of the donation forms and return to us.

Don’t forget you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter @ihrc or on Youtube channel IHRCtv.

2. Press Releases

Press release: Morsi trial exposes western human rights hypocrisy

The start of the trial today in Cairo of deposed Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi lays bare western pretences to democracy and human rights and risks dragging the country deeper into a spiral of civil conflict.

Press release:UK - New study debunks “immigrant scroungers” myth

IHRC welcomes findings by Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration. The Islamic Human Rights Commission welcomes today' findings by the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration that recent immigrants have made a net economic contribution to the UK.

3. Alerts

Alert: Support the historic UJN Pakistan Unity Declaration

Support initiative and join the UJN Pakistan Unity Declaration

#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

Summer School on Black Europe Program 2014

Now accepting applications!

June 23 - July 4, 2014 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Now in its 7th year, the overall goal of this intensive two week course is to examine the contemporary circumstances of the African Diaspora in Europe. We will focus on the historical and colonial legacies of European countries to discuss the origins of Black Europe and investigate the impact of these legacies on policies and legislation today. 

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

Australia Campaign page

A compilation of resources and links on Australia.

UJN Pakistan Unity Declaration 1434

Full set of resources available of this historic meeting.

Islamic Human Rights Commission and Citizens International as joint secretariats of Universal Justice Network brough together Muslim scholars and leaders from Pakistan to work on unity issues. At the end of the two day closed meeting the group signed a historic agreement condemning sectarianism, vowing to remove it as a cause of conflict in the violence-stricken country.

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

L’ISLAMOFOBIA È UNA FORMA DI RAZZISMO?

L’islamofobia come forma di razzismo: dalla storia dell’Andalusia alle zone dell’essere e del non essere di Fanon.

7. Multimedia

Pakistani Muslims sign unity declaration

Video clip of UJN meeting in Bodrum, bringing together representatives of Pakistan Islam sects and movements.

8. IHRC in media

Pakistani Muslims sign unity declaration

Video clip of UJN meeting in Bodrum, bringing together representatives of Pakistan Islam sects and movements.

Pakistani Shia, Sunni leaders sign historic anti-sectarianism declaration in Turkey

Muslim scholars from Pakistan have signed a historic agreement condemning sectarianism and vowing to remove it as a cause of conflict in the violence-stricken country.

Islamic Awakening to Engulf Saudi Arabia Soon: Iraqi Politician

The Islamic Awakening has become a wave today, said a member of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq on Saturday, adding that this wave will soon engulf Saudi Arabia.

Beyond the veil

Book Moda on Nasreen Shaikh Jamal al-Lail's exhibition at the IHRC gallery

9. Shop

The Story of Ashura by Mohammad Bahmanpour

Despite being a sad and tragic event, the story of Ashura, since its inception, has always been a source of inspiration and stimulation for people from all walks of life. Husayn made himself a target of spears and swords, endured the agonizing experience of his loved ones' death, witnessed the thirst of his children, and accepted the captivation of the ladies of his family with an open heart, to stand out, according to the prediction of the Prophet as the "shining lamp of guidance and the ark of salvation". With full-colour illustrations this makes a great book for children.

Hijab, Meaning, Identity, Otherization and Politics: British Muslim Women / S.R. Ameli and Merali, A.

The fourth volume in the British Muslim Expectations of Government (BMEG) series has been commissioned to highlight and identify Muslim responses and requirements.

Availble to download as a PDF and read on any of your mobile reading devices and platforms, this groundbreaking work remains relevant as controversies rage about headcoverings and Muslim women.

This work aims to record the main areas of concern in regards to Hijab. The wearing of Hijab has always been controversial, especially in a post 9/11 climate which has seen Hijab bans in both France and Turkey and the case of a British student, who was excluded from school for wearing a jilbab (full length overcoat). 

This report particularly aims to voice the views of both men and women who recognize or affiliate to the concept of Hijab and to present recommendations to the government by analysing responses from a nationwide survey of 1200 Muslims, qualitative answers of 56 Muslims and 365 quantitative questionnaires from IHRC's 2003-2004 survey entitled the 'Hijab-Project'.

26th January 2006, ISBN 1-903718-26-0, 84 pp

REVIEWS:

"If we are to work towards a truly egalitarian society we need to have the courage to problematise and interrogate our conceptions of each other and what motivates us." So begins this study of the meaning of the hijab to the Islamic community, to Muslim men, and, most importantly, to the Muslim women who choose to wear the headscarf. 

In recent years, the hijab has been (mis)represented by many writers as a sign of the "clash of civilisations", of extremism, and of inequality. This study offers not only a scientific response but a personal one, allowing those who choose to wear the hijab to express their opinions and their identities. As one respondent offers from her religious and cultural perspective, "for me hijab is part of my worship and identity. Hijab is quite liberating, forces me to rely on the inside rather than on the outside."

This book should not be the final word on the issue of the hijab - it does not seek to be. Rather, in its presentation of the views of individuals who too often are treated as inferior or threatening, it makes a contribution which should be heard by all of us, Muslim or non-Muslim. If as one respondent argues, "British society is an open and receptive one where multi-culturalism is concerned", then these voices in this volume deserve respect and acknowledgement.

Professor Scott Lucas

Department of American and Canadian Studies

Check out our online shop for books and what we currently have in stock. 

Twitter @ihrcbookshop

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