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Critical Multiculturalism’s response to diverse Islamic thought and practice

My friend Dr Ali-Reza Bhojani invited me to talk to his students at the Al-Mahdi Institute in Birmingham last October, so I wrote this paper and then forgot to post it. It develops the position I’ve advanced elsewhere, that I call ‘critical multiculturalism’ as a way of thinking about, and responding to,  the various types […]

Critical Public Scholarship: on emotion and ‘race’

Before I decided to stop writing as an academic I agreed with my friends Karim Murji and Gargi Bhattacharyya to try and write something about political engagement in the sociology of ‘race’ for a special edition of Ethnic and Racial Studies.  I wanted to say something about the emotional work that goes on when we enter […]

Diverse communities and the question of cohesion

Ages ago I was asked to write a chapter on diversity for a book on the Yorkshire and Humberside region put together by colleagues at Leeds Metropolitan University. I got tremendous help from Professor John Stillwell (Geography, Leeds University) who produced statistical maps for me at the drop of a hat. The chapter contains lots […]

Fethullah Gülen and the Kurdish question in Turkey today

This is an update of an earlier post on this topic . . . I’ve been working with the British Turkish Muslims organised in the UK as the Dialogue Society (DS) for about five years now. They follow the philosophy outlined by the Turkish Muslim scholar Fetullah Gülen.  (A link to explain more about Mr Gülen appears […]