A Selection of Relevant Websites and Blogs
Most though not all of the sites in this list are intended for teachers, youth workers and other adults. Many, however, are suitable also for young people in the 12–17 age-range. The vast majority are specifically about British Muslim identity and relationships between Muslims and non-Muslims. A few, however, are principally about wider issues of tolerance, pluralism and mutual respect.
Stories directly addressing ‘the gritty reality of modern Muslim kids tackling drugs, crime, gangs and modern life’ and aiming to inspire ‘an assured Muslim identity and a direct solution to the problems in the world around them’.
Set up by the United Nations to improve understanding and cooperative relations among nations and peoples across cultures and religions. Masses of information can be found on their website, in a range of world languages.
‘A space where women, children and young people get together on their own terms.’
‘Don’t give it, don’t take it’: definitions and vivid practical suggestions for primary and secondary classrooms, with a recently added section on Islamophobia.
Scholarly but accessible discussion of the meaning and value of the Qar’an, led by Ziauddin Sardar with comment and questions from Madeleine Bunting.
Describes itself as ‘an authentic, moderate face of Islam in Britain’.
Commentaries on current events and trends
Particularly concerned with events and deployments in London
‘We want to challenge perceptions, ideas and current thinking about British Muslims.’
Wealth of information about Guantanamo Bay, and many suggestions for actions by individuals and groups.
‘Offers an interactive experience where users — Muslim and non-Muslim alike — can meet their neighbours, learn about Islam and apply techniques of interfaith dialogue and action to local communities.’
Includes material about young people involved in interfaith dialogue and activities.
‘An open circle for open minds, providing an atmosphere where individuals are pushed to think outside the box.’ Intended in particular for British Muslims in the 20–40 age-group.
Explains and explores national and local initiatives in community cohesion in schools and provides a forum for teachers and others to share experiences, views and good practice.
Contains resources for citizenship education, particularly in relation to media literacy.
Commentary from a Muslim perspective on media coverage of Islam in Britain and of Muslim organizations.
Animated film (3 minutes 42 seconds) with a soundtrack consisting of extracts from interviews with young Muslims in London.
Many valuable resources, including Stories of Identity: Religion, Migration and Belonging in a Changing World, a collection of readings about globalization with a particular emphasis on relations between Muslims and non-Muslims.
Valuable news service whereby subscribers receive free of charge, several times a week, a selection of links to current news items.
The website provides lots of ideas for observing the week, particularly at local levels. The first such week took place in November 2009, coordinated by the Inter Faith Network and supported in part by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.
A wealth of activities for Muslim children and young people at Key Stages 2 and 3.
Join the mailing list and you will receive several news items every week, sometimes several every day.
The site’s strapline is Proud to be a British Muslim. ‘As you find your way through this site,’ says the message on the home page, ‘you will discover that Islam is a peaceful religion. You will see that Muslims are not the threat as often portrayed, but are members of this society trying to get on with life just as you are. You begin to understand that these terrorists you hear about do not represent Islam.’
Inspiring wealth of information about Islamic culture, achievements and creative developments in modern Britain.
Strong international focus as well as British.
Conferences, news and events.
A monthly podcast: ‘News and views from the world of Islam, but not as you have heard it before’.
Comment, news, discussions and articles.
Wide range of comment and useful statistics, frequently updated.
Substantial lists of contacts and links.
Muslim contributions to modern science, technology, arts and civilization.
Substantial archive of news items, articles and comment, and regular newsletters on current affairs.
Includes advice on complaints to the media, and provides regular newsletters.
‘The coolest online space for Muslim youth’ – Britain’s first guidance and support channel for Muslim youth. The site is designed and managed entirely by young people who reflect the diversity of Muslim communities in the UK, aiming to raise awareness of the different social problems that affect young Muslims and provide culturally sensitive guidance to young people. The site encourages young Muslims to develop peer-support networks, access specialist services and care for their social and mental wellbeing.
Materials and ideas for teaching Islamic virtues and values to young British Muslims, created under the auspices of the Bradford Council of Mosques.
‘Swapping treasures, sharing losses, celebrating futures’ – this is the British Council’s response to the growing mutual mistrust between Muslim communities and wider European society. It contains many ideas for teachers and curriculum planning.
Based in Australia, but with clippings and comment from the UK as well as elsewhere.
‘An exciting up-and-coming female hip-hop and spoken word duo performing with a live band, set to take the world by storm with their fresh sound, intelligent lyrics and courageous characters.’
Brief summaries of key articles over the years.
This website contains video clips of lectures, talks and conferences, and the texts of a wide range of articles about Islam in western societies.
This website provides ‘A portal for young Muslims’, with a section on current affairs.
Based in Scotland, but commenting on the whole of the UK. Lively and topical.
Wide-ranging data on Islam in Britain.
The national campaign against racism in football, including a new DVD on Islamophobia.
Comic book about superheroes. Inspired by Islam and a desire to show Islam’s positive values and achievements over the centuries. There are 99 heroes in the saga, each with his or her own distinctive powers, skills and capacities. They are from 99 different countries.
‘Uncensored by a classroom teacher, unfiltered by the media newsroom, and unadulterated by social science theory … personal moments and memories from the lives and identities of ordinary Muslim teenagers that powerfully contest the caricatured images and voices of Muslims in post-9/11 America we are so accustomed to hearing.’ It includes several short film clips of young people talking about their lives and identities.
A project of the Anti-Defamation League in the United States. Classroom activities and lesson plans for anti-bias and tolerance, stimulating, imaginative and practical.
Sub-titled ‘Musings on the Britannic Crescent’. Lively and thoughtful commentary on current affairs.
‘YMAG is here to influence government on things that really matter; through meeting ministers, attending events, taking part in consultations and discussing policy changes.’
The website is lively and engaging, with much of interest for young people. Features include a monthly survey and various discussion forums.
‘Are you Muslim, aged between 16 and 21 and wanting to help make this country a better place?’ Based at the Citizenship Foundation, this project enables young people to question leaders in politics, the law, police and media in order to aid their understanding of topical issues affecting young Muslims, with a view to producing resources for their peers, teachers, police and youth workers.