Research Report: The Cold War on British Muslims

Research Report: The Cold War on British Muslims

The Cold War on British Muslims, shows how the Centre for Social Cohesion and Policy Exchange have rejected counter-terrorism policies based on public safety and have instead sought to revive discredited counter-subversion policies from the Cold War era – policies which targeted a generation of trade union leaders and peace activists including future Labour Ministers.  The report warns that reviving such policies is likely to stigmatise and even criminalise politically active Muslims, as well as liberals and leftists, and risk undermining the traditional freedoms enjoyed by churches, schools, universities and public libraries.

The Cold War on British Muslims also reveals for the first time the network of individuals and foundations that are bankrolling both think-tanks.  Donors identified in the report include the neoconservative Rosenkranz Foundation in the United States, and hardline Zionists like Lord Kalms and the late Cyril Stein in the UK.  It reveals that both think-tanks share major donors with a number of controversial organisations including the Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers, the Israel-Diaspora Trust (an organisation founded by the late Rabbi Sidney Brichto, a passionate supporter of Israel and scourge of its critics inside and outside the UK Jewish community) and the Anglo-Israel Association (founded in 1949 by the Christian Zionist Sir Wyndham Deedes).SpinwatchReport_ColdWar12

Building a Shared Future: Launch of an E-Book Series on Islam in the US & Europe

Building a Shared Future: Launch of an E-Book Series on Islam in the US & Europe

The British Council’s Our Shared Future project and the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge have released a series of four e-books featuring commentary from leading global experts on Islam and Muslim intercultural relations.

Each book in the Building a Shared Future series addresses a different theme: “The Power of Words and Images,” “Citizenship and Identity,” “Islam, Knowledge, and Innovation,” and “Religion, Politics, and the Public Sphere.” The essays were written for a conference held in Cambridge in March 2012, “Building a Shared Future: Rethinking Muslim/non-Muslim Relations,” which explored the deep connections between Muslim and non-Muslim societies in contemporary culture, the arts, humanities and science.

“Misperceptions and misinformation often dominate public dialogue about relations between Muslims and others. Although they don’t speak with the loudest voice, academics, scholars and thought leaders have a key role to play in helping to rebalance these debates by providing fact-based opinion and informed arguments,” write Our Shared Future project manager Emmanuel Kattan and Prof. Yasir Suleiman of the University of Cambridge in their introduction to the series.

Contributing authors include scholars, academics, journalists and civil society leaders from the US and Europe, such as Simon Kuper of The Financial Times, Mark Hammond of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Sheila B. Lalwani of Foreign Policy, Jocelyne Cesari of Harvard and Johns Hopkins Universities, and Shahed Amanullah of the U.S. Department of State.


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Occasional Papers: Evolving World – The Universality of International Law in a Globalising World

Occasional Papers: Evolving World – The Universality of International Law in a Globalising World

Occasional Papers is a publication of The Cordoba Foundation that provides a medium for diverse opinions, presenting a comprehensive view of the myriad perspectives pertaining to dialogue and cross-cultural exchange. This is done by publishing important contributions by experts and world leaders

This issue  explores ‘The Universality of International Law in a Globalising World’ and  highlights the keynote address given by Hishashi Owada, President of the International Court of Justice, at the London Muslim Centre on 20th January 2012, convened by the Pro Bono in the LMC

Research Report: Inside madrassas – Understanding and engaging with British-Muslim faith supplementary schools

Research Report: Inside madrassas – Understanding and engaging with British-Muslim faith supplementary schools

At present, there is a significant lack of understanding among policymakers and the wider public about madrassas. Very little of what features in public debates has been generated through rigorous research. The main source of public information stems from the media.

This report attempts to fill to gaps by providing new evidence about how British madrassas work, the impact they have on local communities, and their role in the educational, social and religious development of children.

The report investigates the three important challenges that face madrassas in the UK:

Lack of evidence about what work madrassas do and how they work
Concerns about the impact of madrassas on community cohesion and radicalisation
The influence of madrassas on children’s education and welfare.


Briefing Paper: After the Riots

Briefing Paper: After the Riots

This report aims to provide an overview of the impact of the riots and present the  causes & issues pertaining to them.

It also deals with the following:

  • What may have motivated the people to take part in the riots.
  •  What motivated local people to come together to deal with the riots during and after the unrest.
  • Outlines the importance of the link between values and social, economic and political issues concerning the riots.
  • Highlight critical issues concerning the riots and what we can all do, both individually and collectively, to tackle the issues.


The Cordoba Foundation is organising an event to discuss this.  Please click here for more details


Working with the media: A guide for muslim groups

Working with the media: A guide for muslim groups

The Guide is designed to help individuals and local groups better meet their media and communications needs.

It introduces the media, outlines how journalists operate and offers practical advice for spearheading a proactive public relations (PR) strategy. The Guide is written for local Muslim groups and Mosques who are unfamiliar with working and dealing with the media.


The Guide is used alongside training courses which can be tailor made to suit your organisation’s needs.


For more information about the Media training courses or  to book a training course, please click here


The toolkit is available to be ordered or downloaded for a small price:

To download, the cost is £5.  Please click here to purchase an electronic copy


To order (Please click here for more details on pricing):

* 1 – 5 copies – £10 (postage to be confirmed on order)

* 5 – 10 copies – £7.50 (postage to be confirmed on order)

* 10+ copies – £5 (postage to be confirmed on order)


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Fear, Inc. – The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America

Fear, Inc. – The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America

This report shines a light on the Islamophobia network of so-called experts, academics, institutions, grassroots organizations, media outlets, and donors who manufacture, produce, distribute, and mainstream an irrational fear of Islam and Muslims.


This small group of anti-Muslim organizations and individuals in our nation is obscure to most Americans but wields great influence in shaping the national and international political debate. Their names are heralded within communities that are actively organizing against Islam and targeting Muslims in the United States.



Together, this core group of deeply intertwined individuals and organizations manufacture and exaggerate threats of “creeping Sharia,” Islamic domination of the West, and purported obligatory calls to violence against all non-Muslims by the Quran.


This network of hate is not a new presence in the United States. Indeed, its ability to organize, coordinate, and disseminate its ideology through grassroots organizations increased dramatically over the past 10 years. Furthermore, its ability to influence politicians’ talking points and wedge issues for the upcoming 2012 elections has mainstreamed what was once considered fringe, extremist rhetoric.



And it all starts with the money flowing from a select group of foundations. A small group of foundations and wealthy donors are the lifeblood of the Islamophobia network in America, providing critical funding to a clutch of right-wing think tanks that peddle hate and fear of Muslims and Islam—in the form of books, reports, websites, blogs, and carefully crafted talking points that anti-Islam grassroots organizations and some right-wing religious groups use as propaganda for their constituency.



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