What’s new at www.ihrc.org.uk?

What’s new at www.ihrc.org.uk?


1. Intro
2. Press Releases
3. Alerts
4. Upcoming Events
5. Event Reports
6. Campaigns
7. Blog
8. Comment 
9. IHRC in media
10. Multimedia – Video
11. Shop 

1. Intro

Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) marks World AIDs Awareness day.  50 percent of all your purchases, from 29 November to 6 December 2013 on the IHRC shop online, will be donated to the Mustadafin Foundation; a charity dedicated to supporting and raising awareness through HIV / Aids projects. We are hosting and organising several upcoming events next year such as 2014 Genocide Memorial Day, Islamophobia Awards,  Summer School on Black Europe Program 2014 as well as Assata-Tupac Liberation School and SOAS2. Keep checking back on our website for further updates and news on these events.

Very interesting blog ‘No-one expects the Spanish Inquisition: Except Muslims and Jews’. Maybe it is time we started getting scared, says Arzu Merali. 

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2. Press Releases

PR: UK – Councillor’s statement highlights normalisation of xenophobia

Comment made by London Councillor about merging boroughs doomed to failure. The Islamic Human Rights Commission finds repulsive and disturbing comments made by a London councillor that a merger with a neighbouring borough is doomed to failure because the ethnic make-up of the two workforces is too different.

3. Alerts

World Aids Day 2013

Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) marks World AIDs Awareness day.  50 percent of all your purchases, from 29 November to 6 December 2013 on the IHRC shop online, will be donated to the Mustadafin Foundation; a charity dedicated to supporting and raising awareness through HIV / Aids projects.

Forwarded Alert: Decoloniality Europe

Information on the International Conference on Islamophobia in English, French and Spanish

Forwarded Alert: Cycle de formation politique PIR/BAN

Upcoming events and article from PiR (En français)

#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

Decoloniality Europe

Information on the International Conference on Islamophobia in English, French and Spanish

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

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. 

5. Event Reports

Event Report: Mark Gonzales: Poetic Secrets to Surviving the Idiots

Mark Gonzales shares his philosophical reflections based around his concept of ‘waging beauty’. On Monday November 4th Nazim Ali of the Islamic Human Rights Commission hosted a standing room only event with spoken work poet Mark Gonzales entitled ‘poetic secrets to surviving the idiots’ in addressing the question “how does one stay alive in a time when it is almost painful to be intelligent?”  in the pleasant surroundings of Housmans Bookshop in Kings Cross central London. This follows on from the previous events IHRC have had with Mark Gonzales including the conversation with Mark Gonzales and his participation at Genocide Memorial Day 2013.

Event Report: Story Telling Session: Che Guevara The Kind Traveller

A successful storytelling session at the IHRC Bookshop, on Saturday 19 October, the IHRC Bookshop hosted “Che Guevara, The Kind Traveller”, told by the author Zainab Zahra with brilliant illustrations by Iffath Zahra.

6. Campaigns

Mustadafin Foundation

Resources and information on Mustadafin Foundation. The Mustadafin Foundation was established in 1986. It emerged during the Apartheid era in response to political unrest and violence that erupted due to faction fighting in Langa, which had devastating effects on the local communities, particularly women and children.

Know Your Rights: Schedule 7 Resources

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

7. Blog

No-one expects the Spanish Inquisition: Except Muslims and Jews

Maybe it is time we started getting scared, says Arzu Meral.

Great news for all, that Monty Python are reforming and will be playing the O2 next year.  I happily watched a clip on BBC Breakfast a couple of days back of the Spanish Inquisition using the soft cushions and comfy chair of torture on a little old lady in order to get her to confess to heresy.  As it ended, I reached for my phone to post the infamous line “No-one expects the Spanish Inquisition” on my various social media profiles, when the phone rang:  a request from BBC 3 Counties Radio to take part in a phone- in on Judge Khurshid Drabu’s comments about women wearing nikab.

8. Comment

No respite for the Rohingya

Comment piece on Myanmar by Yaseen Omar, UK based commentator. The continued denial of citizenship to Myanmar’s Rohingya lies at the heart of their status as one of the world’s most persecuted minorities. However despite international pressure on the former communist country to introduce democratic reforms, the future for the Rohingya continues to look bleak and bloody, according to Yaseen Omar.

9. IHRC in media

Entrevista com Robert Rustem, Arzu Merali e Sandew Hira

Listen to interview with Arzu Merali, Robert Rustem and Sandew Hira on Decolonalism.

10. Multimedia – Video

Holy Land Foundation 5

Campaign Resources: the daughters of the HLF5 send out a video to raise awareness of the case, please take a few minutes to campaign for their freedom.

11. Shop

1001 Inventions and Awesome Facts From Muslim Civilization (National Geographic Kids) [Hardcover]   We often think that people from a thousand years ago were living in the Dark Ages. But from the 7th century onward in Muslim civilization there were amazing advances and inventions that still influence our everyday lives. People living in the Muslim world saw what the Egyptians, Chinese, Indians, Greek, and Romans had discovered and spent the next one thousand years adding new developments and ideas. Inventors created marvels like the elephant water clock, explorers drew detailed maps of the world, women made scientific breakthroughs and founded universities, architects built huge domes larger than anywhere else on earth, astronomers mapped the stars and so much more! This book takes the wining formula of facts, photos, and fun, and applies it to this companion book to the 1001 Inventions exhibit from the Foundation for Science, Technology, and Civilization. Each page is packed with information on this little-known history, but also shows how it still applies to our world today.

The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History

Written by the great fourteenth-century Arab scholar Ibn Khaldun (d.1406), this monumental work laid down the foundations of several fields of knowledge, including philosophy of history, sociology, ethnography, and economics.

Black Britain: A Photographic History

This book presents the visual history of blacks in the British Isles. Spanning over two hundred years, this is an unprecedented collection featuring 321 black and white photographs, with an introduction and commentary by Paul Gilroy and a preface from Professor Stuart Hall.

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

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