On Islamophobia, Britishness and the shrinking political space


Islamophobia has always needed to be understood as part of the deeper crisis of the political and social culture we live in, argues Arzu Merali.

I have been swotting up on Jerusalem for my youngest’s A-Levels this month. I would rather abstractly debate whether the dark satanic mills of William Blake’s imagination are the factories of the industrial revolution, or ponder the orthodoxy of the established church, or, in Jez Butterworth’s celebrated play of the same name, the evils of Kennet & Avon Council and all it represents for the nation.

Instead I find myself having to visit the work of the Commission for Countering Extremism (CCE) and Andrew Norfolk of The Times.  

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