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.
This issue deals with the concept of forgiveness and reconciliation by exploring real life stories and was presented by Michael Henderson at St Ethelburgas Centre for Reconciliation and Peace on the 18th of August 2010
This issues deals with ‘Islam and Voting: The Case of British Muslims’ and was presented by Shaykh Michael Mumisa at The London Muslim Centre.
This issue deals with ‘The Socio-Political and Cultural Implications of Monotheism in a Conflict Ridden World’ and was presented by Major Leon Cornwall, a member of the People’s Revolutionary Government in Grenada (1979 – 1983), at The London Muslim Centre on the 1st of February 2010.
There is great concern about the seriousness of the allegations about the PVE program. These concerns are emanating from real life stories which are giving rise to a culture of fear and mistrust.
For organsisations like The Cordoba Foundation such concerns are disastrous for the work that we are doing. Thus a lot more consultation and discussion will be needed to ensure that the program is amended to avoid such mistakes in the future.