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CM22: Utopias

Boyd Tonkin surfs the coast of utopia, Bruce Wannell explores the Gardens of Paradise, Hassan Mahamdallie joins the community of Findhorn, Marco Lauri dissects ibn Tufayl's utopian masterpiece, Medina Whiteman's parents escape to Andalucia, Nazry Bahrawi reflects on the Islamic legacy of utopian thought, Sadek Hamid dissects Khilafatopia of Hizb-ut-Tahrir, Yasmin Khan reads contemporary Muslim utopian fiction, Colin Tudge seeks a utopian transformation, Naomi Foyle locates utopia in her ordeal of illness and recovery, Noor Iskander photographs utopian landscapes and Merryl Wyn Davie

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Muslim Institute Fifth Annual Ibn Rushd Lecture: Multiculturalism in an Age of Brexit and Trump

Lord Bhikhu Parekh

The Muslim Institute's Fifth Annual Ibn Rushd Lecture took place on Tuesday 9 May 2017, at the illustrious Art Workers' Guild Hall in London. Speaker Lord Bhikhu Parekh discussed multiculturalism in an age of Brexit and Trump: where alternative facts and fake news are seemingly shaping our narrative on cultural cohesion.

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A Beginner's Guide to Andalusi Calligraphy

Medina Whiteman and Zak Whiteman

This is the story of a calligraphic script that is almost extinct, yet which was once a crucial part of the most extraordinary cultural flourishing of the Middle Ages. We trace its journey from Madinah to its pinnacle in Al-Andalus, where we look at the rich context it evolved in. How did this once ubiquitous style fall into disuse, and what remains of it today?

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Should We Blame Islam for Terrorism? by David Shariatmadari

Since the Westminster attacks, many people seem to have been getting stuck on the following question, as they do after most acts of jihadi violence: “Is there something special about Islam? Something that lends itself to terrorism?”

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Integration-mad Muslims? by Shanon Shah

The second British Islam Conference (25-26 February 2017) discussed disability, domestic violence, interfaith relations, and the persecution of Ahmadis as well as the experiences of black Muslims, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Muslims, refugees, and other hard-hitting topics. Kicking off the conference was an inspiring keynote address from the acclaimed religious scholar and writer Karen Armstrong.

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Europe Wrote the Book on Demonising Refugees, Long Before Trump Read it by Piro Rexhepi

It has become an article of faith among liberals that Donald Trump is the world’s biggest enemy to refugees and Muslims, while the EU somehow offers them a safe harbour.

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My Kind of Snowflake by Muddasir Ramzan

This winter’s snowfall has given us hope that climate change is not yet terminal. In previous years we had dry winters, which greatly disrupted the seasons. It was after so many years that Chillai Kalan, a forty day period of harsh weather that continued until January, was in its real spirits. We witnessed what we used to hear about: the long tough winters of past years bringing many feet of snow.

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Bugged by Nationalism by Shanon Shah

Leaders everywhere seem to be catching a strange bug. For a fresh example, let’s turn our attention from the White House’s ‘fine-tuned machine’ to the one firing on all cylinders in Malaysia. On 18 February 2017, the opposition Islamic party, PAS, mustered a 20,000-50,000-strong rally – significant numbers in this country – supporting amendments to Act 355 of the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965.

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Many More Apologies are Owed to Canada's Muslim Community by Vicky Mochama

On Wednesday 1 February 2017, Joël Lightbound, Liberal MP for Louis-Hébert, apologized to the families of the six men murdered in Quebec and to the Muslim community in Canada.

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Modi and Trump - voting strongmen, voting hate by Zahir Janmohamed

One of the first text messages I received, minutes after Donald Trump was elected America’s 45th president, was from my Indian friend Gulrez in Los Angeles. In May 2014, when the self-styled Hindu nationalist politician Narendra Modi was elected India’s prime minister, Gulrez lived a few blocks away from me in Juhapura, a Muslim ghetto in the state of Gujarat, India.

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