Monthly Archives: April 2012

Jumu’ah: Friday prayers in the UK

Following the end of my first year at university, back in the summer of 1988, I was working near Marble Arch in London. During the previous twelve months, since finishing my ‘A’ level exams, I had been reading the Qur’an … Continue reading

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The Player – An Exquisite Opening Take

Just after midnight on Saturday, after everyone was asleep in the house, I finally got round to watching Robert Altman’s splendid 1992 movie, The Player. I don’t have the time to go into much detail about the film, but, oh! … Continue reading

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Gunter Grass and the Nuclear Threat From Israel

There is a very good piece by Christina Patterson in the Independent about the ridiculous accusations of ‘anti-semitism’ by the Israel Lobby that have been flung at the German writer Gunter Grass this week for writing a poem in which … Continue reading

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Shaykh Raed Salah Wins Appeal Against Home Office Deportation Order

Good news from MEMO: the Palestinian leader, Shaykh Raed Salah, who you may recall was arrested in the UK in June 2011 while on a speaking tour, after the Home Office issued a banning order against him, has won his … Continue reading

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How women won it for George Galloway

There is a very inspiring article in today’s edition of the Guardian about how women in Bradford helped George Galloway to deliver a huge shock to our complacent and corrupt mainstream political parties in last week’s by-election. You can read … Continue reading

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‘Perf 558’ – The Earliest Surviving Text from the Islamic Era

The cover story in the Review section of Saturday’s Guardian was entitled ‘The fall of the Roman Empire and the rise of Islam’. The article talked about a fascinating papyrus ‘Perf 558’ which I had not heard of previously – … Continue reading

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