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Sadek Hamid


Dr Sadek Hamid is an academic who has written widely about British Muslims. He is the author of 'Sufis, Salafis and Islamists: The Contested Ground of British Islamic Activism'.

Book Club: A remarkable, eye-opening snapshot of Pashtoon life as an 'outsider', John Muhammad Butt's memoir takes the reader on a journey from bucolic bliss in England to the soaring scenes of Pakistan's SWAT valley, from Catholicism to Islam.

12 April, 2023

Book Club: Each year we learn more about the history of Islam in Britain and how it came to be. Yahya Birt and Hamid Mahmood's book 'Our Fatima of Liverpool' is one such resource, with Fatima Cates' story a particularly symbolic case study.

22 March, 2023

Accounting for 6.7% of the UK's population, the value of British Muslims to civil society shouldn't be underplayed. Home to a wealth of organisations, institutions and charities, the British Muslim community is increasingly extending its arm to all.

20 February, 2023

Analysis of the 2021 UK census data reveals a much more complex picture of religious and demographic change over the last ten years than appears at first glance and is a factual counterargument to such fear-mongering, writes Sadek Hamid.

24 January, 2023

Book Club: 9/11, the day the world came crashing down. For a generation of Muslims, the impact of 9/11 cannot be overstated. The New Arab spoke to Professor Jasmin Zine about the sustained state-led suspicion and surveillance since the fateful event.

11 January, 2023

Book Club: For many, Salafism has connotations of intolerance and hyper-orthodoxy. Through Aaron Rock-Singer's research, the reader learns about some of the overriding themes that dictate this theological strain through two country-wide case studies.

28 December, 2022

Islamophobia is spreading across Europe's streets and parliaments. Spurred on by the weaponisation of the refugee crisis, European leaders are encouraging anti-Muslim sentiments in rhetoric and policy, threatening long-term stability.

22 November, 2022

Book Club: It may be difficult for British Muslims today to remember a time when open expressions of faith were seen to be traitorous. Lord Headley, a Muslim convert, sought to change this environment and advocated for a public place for Muslims.

19 October, 2022

Book Club: The case of Shamima Begum and British 'jihadi brides' has polarised British society, with vast swathes of the population encouraging their mistreatment. But what motivated their decision to travel, and are they as monstrous as they seem?

20 July, 2022

Book Club: Jonathan Chaplin's latest literary offering takes stock of public religious life in the UK and calls for an approach which maintains the integrity of minority faith groups within a democratic, plural and inclusive environment.

25 May, 2022