Professor Lynn Davies “He does get angry… politically and Islamically…. he was very divisive at that stage. And very two tone: black and white, right and wrong, and Islam, tawhid and shirk. And there’s nothing in the grey. There’s no middle ground there”. This was the observation made by a relative of a (former) violent […]
Professor Lynn Davies: The trial of Thomas Mair, who has today been found guilty of murdering MP Jo Cox, revealed disturbing details relating to the brutal attack. Mair shouted ‘Britain First, this is for Britain’ as he engaged in the stabbing. His justification would be Cox’s strong support for the Remain campaign, which in his […]
Since 2012, over 20,000 foreigners have joined Sunni militant organizations in Syria and Iraq, making the current conflict the largest mobilization of foreign fighters since 1945. Nearly a fifth of these foreign fighters are citizens of Western European countries, and with an estimated 500-600 British nationals thought to have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight, the UK is one of the largest European sources of foreign fighters.
By Fiona Maida, Education consultant, Leeds. I am sitting here writing this piece, four days ahead of the American election, when the most powerful democracy on earth will choose the leader of the ‘free world’. Whoever wins the election (we now know that this is Donald Trump), and by the time you read this blog, […]
So, what’s the link between Henry VIII and ISIS beheadings? What’s British about British Values? What’s the Prevent Duty? What are safe spaces and how do we conduct difficult discussions in schools? Can a young person wear a wristband supporting Palestine? What does Ofsted inspect around Prevent? Critiques of the UK government’s Prevent strategy […]
Zubeda Limbada and Professor Lynn Davies. Those who join ISIS are often swayed by the sense of belonging or excitement they feel a caliphate offers. Since 9/11, there has been a trend of referring to terrorist attacks as “new terror,” which falsely and unhelpfully severs current acts from the longer history of political violence. There […]
Professor Lynn Davies: At the 2016 Conservative party conference, the British Prime Minister Theresa May attacked the workings of the rootless ‘international elite’ with the words “If you believe you’re a citizen of the world, you’re a citizen of nowhere”. Global citizenship education (GCE) has struggled over the years with the somewhat amorphous notion of […]
What do you think of when you hear the words “terrorist”, “extremist”, “insurgent”, “rebel”? Who do you think of? Is it pictures of Osama Bin Laden that come to mind? Or maybe Anders Breivik, Che Guevara, Bobby Sands or one of the 7/7 bombers? Jennifer Eggert shares her views.
Professor Lynn Davies & Zubeda Limbada After Ofsted’s thematic review into Prevent found “a worrying number of providers struggling to implement the duty”, Zubeda Limbada and Lynn Davies explain how to spot signs of radicalisation. The actual wording of the Prevent duty on educational institutions is that they need to have ‘due regard to the […]
This article first appeared on the St Giles Trust blog in September 2016 Our guest blogger CJ welcomes that the issue of sexual harassment in schools is being addressed and explains how SOS+ can help. The shocking and saddening statistic from the Women’s Equalities Committee (published 13 September) report which shows nearly 59% of girls […]