January 30, 2014 at 9:07 am #3307Karenza PassmoreParticipant
Titled ‘Why I’m speaking up for Islam against the loudmouths who have hijacked it’, this article was written by Maajid Nawaz. Nawaz (Muslim, Liberal Democrat candidate parliamentary candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn (London) and founder of the Quilliam Foundation, an anti-extremist think-tank) posted a cartoon of Jesus and Muhammad on his Twitter feed to show that he wasn’t offended by what he regarded as a “bland image”. The cartoon, and it’s posting, caused a social media storm. This article is Nawaz defence:
However, Nawaz has his detractors and not just amongst Muslims who may be labelled ‘extreme’. This article is by Nawaz Hanif and offers a different perspective on the cartoon and it’s acceptability.
Both of these young Muslim men are established representatives of their faith. Both are seeking to ensure that the word ‘extremism’ ceases to be a tag line for the followers of Islam yet each has a very different way of going about that.
If teachers are looking to explore how Islam is portrayed in the media it is vital to give students an understanding that the Muslim community is not homogeneous, that nothing can be taken for granted and that it is never as simple as labelling one group liberal (or tolerant) and one group extreme!
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