Posted on Wednesday 12th June 2013

Chris AllenIn response to the brutal murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich, south London just over a fortnight ago, IASS’s Chris Allen has been extremely busy.

Having been in London to attend a meeting of the Cross-Government Working Group on Anti-Muslim Hate in London, on which he sits as an independent adviser, Chris also met with representatives of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia to discuss the rise in anti-Muslim reprisal attacks.

He has also been active in the media. As well as appearing on BBC1’s Midlands Today programme he has been interviewed for BBC Radio WM, Heart West Midlands and the Birmingham Post.

In addition, Chris has written a number of articles on the matter.

His first was for The Conversation and focused on the way in which far-right groups such as the English Defence League (EDL) might seek to exploit the aftermath of the Woolwich murder for political gain.

Read the full article 'EDL uses an old playbook to spread message of hate'

In response to the arson attack on the Islamic community centre in Muswell Hill, north London he wrote a piece for the New Statesman which drew upon his research into Islamophobia in the West Midlands and how mosques were increasingly being see as places of ‘difference’.

Read the full article 'For their attackers, mosques are seen as places of 'difference'

And finally, he was invited to write a column for the Huffington Post in response to some who were seeking to question of a dramatic rise in the number of anti-Muslim attacks and incidents over the past two weeks.

Read the full article 'Why the 'Daily Telegraph' and 'Daily Mail' are wrong about Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Crime'

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