Catriona Robertson

journeys at home and abroad

Category Archives: Beyond Europe

Athens II

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

29 August 2016 · 1 Comment

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

3 April 2016

Eating grass

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

23 January 2016

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

23 January 2016

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.  

20 September 2015

Istanbul

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

17 March 2015 · 2 Comments

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

2 October 2013

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

31 August 2013

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

30 August 2012

Philosophy? Wisdom? Spirituality? The Financial Times struggles to find the right word

The FT Weekend has a story this weekend on how the Minniapolis company General [Häagen-Dazs] Mills has embraced eastern philosophy – er, wisdom – no, spirituality- in a bid to … Continue reading

26 August 2012 · 1 Comment

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

22 July 2012

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

17 March 2012