Met several groups today working with refugees. People stopped moving through Greece earlier this year when the migrant trail fizzled out: borders in the Balkans closed and Turkey agreed with … Continue reading
Hospitality & Islam: Mona Siddiqui
My review of Mona Siddiqui’s absorbing book appears in this month’s Third Way magazine. Amid an escalating refugee crisis, a tangle of wars in the Middle East and the presence … Continue reading
Ad on the London underground. I’m sure I’m not the only one who sees this differently after the news from besieged Madaya that Syrians are eating grass in order to … Continue reading
Refugees: what are we learning from the current crisis?
What are we learning from the refugee crisis? It’s not a new story, but it makes the news when something exceptionally distressing happens: the little boy who drowned, the abandoned … Continue reading
Refugees & Migrants 21 September
If you’re in London tomorrow morning, you’d be more than welcome – Syrian breakfast, good company. The Frontline Club are showing “A Syrian Love Story” on Wednesday.
Thoroughly enjoyed Istanbul. Friendly, upbeat & vast, with multiple layers of history and identity. It was good to see people from along the Silk Road mixing in with everyone else. … Continue reading
Peshawar and Nairobi | Iraq, Syria and Egypt
I was invited to speak at the Iman Khoei Islamic Centre in West London on Thursday. This was my contribution. “The news from Peshawar and Nairobi, and the continuing violence … Continue reading
Syria – who cares?
What are your thoughts on UK military action in Syria? Chances are you have an opinion one way or the other. While I was at Greenbelt last weekend, the Prime … Continue reading
Pankaj Mishra at London Review Bookshop
Looking forward to hearing Pankaj Mishra (author of Temptations of the West – how to be Modern in India, Pakistan and Beyond) speak next Tuesday evening about his new book, … Continue reading
Multifaith logos with a difference
I like these – especially the inclusion of a question mark! The row of accepted religious symbols is de rigeur … Continue reading
Undulling for multiculturalists
All work and no play makes us dull. Last weekend a suprise visit by my cousin from Canada hurled us out to Tate Britain to see the Picasso show. Click … Continue reading