Author Archives: inayatscorner

Video: Mass Brawl at Bangladeshi Meeting in Leeds

Some members of the Bangladeshi community in Leeds showing us all how to deal with community disagreements in a peaceful and tolerant manner. This was apparently filmed yesterday during an Annual General Meeting which allegedly saw two rival camps disagreeing … Continue reading

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Carl Sagan and the Pale Blue Dot

The above image is taken from a presentation that the American astronomer Carl Sagan gave during the Gifford Lectures in October 1985 at Edinburgh University. That collection of lectures is available in book format as The Varieties of Scientific Experience. Let … Continue reading

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My Top Ten Books of All Time

Everyone enjoys top ten lists, right? So, here it is. My very own list of the Top Ten books that have most influenced me and contributed towards shaping my outlook. I didn’t want it all to look too narcissistic so … Continue reading

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Theresa May and the Mystery of the Missing Pledge About Hate Crimes Against Muslims

Last Monday (23rd March 2015), the Home Secretary, Theresa May, delivered an important speech outlining the government’s counter-extremism strategy. The full speech contained quite a few passages I would normally take issue with, but it also contained a crucially important sentence … Continue reading

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The Muslim Community from Rushdie to Hebdo

I went along to the Muslim Institute in Old Street, London, earlier this afternoon to take part in a panel discussion entitled “The Muslim Community from Rushdie to Hebdo”. I have written about this topic on several previous occasions so … Continue reading

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The Islamic State as a Curse of Humanity

    One of the joys of being in London is the easy access to its magnificent free museums and their fabulous treasures. Here one can wander about leisurely and gently allow your spirit to soar as you marvel at the … Continue reading

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The Prophet Muhammad Should Not Be Off Limits for Satire

Salman Rushdie is right. Those who perpetrated today’s brutal attack on the staff of Charlie Hebdo may perhaps have thought that they were acting to defend Islam from gratuitous insult. However, in practice, they were defending a narrow-minded interpretation of religion that … Continue reading

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