Press articles on matters of faith

March 25, 2011 By Faith Matters

Combatting Homophobia – Fiyaz Mughal Comments in Pink News

Fiyaz Mughal, the director of non-profit group Faith Matters, argues that a combined ‘hard and soft’ approach should be used to tackle homophobia in Tower Hamlets and east London and that bodies which continue to invite anti-gay speakers should have their funds cut. The posters that have been plastered around Tower Hamlets, promoting homophobia and […]

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Faith Matters in Lahore, Pakistan
March 25, 2011 By Faith Matters

Faith Matters in Lahore, Pakistan

Faith Matters has opened an office for interfaith, countering extremism and promoting dialogue work in Lahore, Pakistan. Faith Matters has been working for the past 18 months in Pakistan and the office will co-ordinate work within Pakistan. Director of Faith Matters said:“We have diligently been working in Pakistan to develop dialogue between faith communities and […]

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Fear over a piece of cloth is not liberté, egalité, fraternité
March 18, 2011 By Faith Matters

Fear over a piece of cloth is not liberté, egalité, fraternité

The FURORE surrounding France’s banning of the niqab was reignited last week with the publication of the new law’s legal details. From 11th April, women will be unable to wear full-face veil in any pubic place, whether visiting the shops, going to watch a film or picking up children from school. There is a hefty […]

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Policy Exchange
March 7, 2011 By Faith Matters

Policy Exchange

Fiyaz Mughal OBE FCMI speaking at the Policy Exchange Programme on ‘Muscular Liberalism’ and the Attacks on Multi-culturalism by the Prime Minister

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February 9, 2011 By Faith Matters

Cameron: My war on multiculturalism

David Cameron launched a devastating attack today on 30 years of multiculturalism in Britain, warning it is fostering extremist ideology and directly contributing to home-grown Islamic terrorism. Signalling a radical departure from the strategies of previous governments, Mr Cameron said that Britain must adopt a policy of “muscular liberalism” to enforce the values of equality, […]

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February 9, 2011 By Faith Matters

EDL protest attracts European far-right activists

Far-right activists from across Europe will join thousands of English Defence League supporters tomorrow for the biggest rally in the group’s 20-month history. Police expect up to 7,000 demonstrators will descend on Luton, the Bedfordshire town where the EDL started in spring 2009, amid evidence of the group’s growing influence among young people. The organisation […]

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Report sheds light on rise in number of converts to Islam
February 9, 2011 By Faith Matters

Report sheds light on rise in number of converts to Islam

THE number of British people converting to Islam has almost doubled since 2001, according to a new study commissioned by a former councillor in Haringey. The report, entitled A Minority Within A Minority, was carried out by the inter-faith think tank Faith Matters, which is headed up by former Liberal Democrat Noel Park councillor Fiyaz […]

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January 9, 2011 By Faith Matters

Faith Matters on Al Jazeera English

The number of converts to Islam in the UK has nearly doubled in the last decade, with over half of them being white females, a new study has found. The report by Kevin Brice of Swansea University shows that the number of people converting to Islam has risen from about 60,000 in 2001 to about […]

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January 6, 2011 By Faith Matters

Islam converts mainly women

A study showing that nearly two-thirds of converts to Islam over the last 10 years were women was welcomed today by the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC). IHRC said the study, released by the think tank Faith Matters, highlighted that portrayals of Islam as an “oppressive” religion were wide of the mark. Faith Matters, which […]

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January 6, 2011 By Faith Matters

Surge in Britons converting to Islam

The number of converts to Islam may have risen from around 60,000 in 2001 to up to 100,000, according to estimates in a report for the Faith Matters organisation. A study by Kevin Brice, of Swansea University, on behalf of Faith Matters, found 5,200 people converted to Islam in the UK last year. A survey […]

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