IASS academic responds to bomb at Tipton mosque

Posted on Tuesday 16th July 2013

Chris Allen, Faith in the City event at Green Lane MosqueIn the wake of the explosion of a nail bomb at a mosque in Tipton in the West Midlands last Friday, IASS’s Chris Allen has been in demand by the media. Drawing upon his research into Islamophobia in the Black Country region ('Between Critical and Uncritical Understandings: A Case Study Analyzing the Claims of Islamophobia Made in the Context of the Proposed ‘Super-Mosque’ in Dudley, England, Societies), Chris was an expert guest on BBC Radio WM’s ‘drive’ show with Paul Franks. During his appearance, West Midlands Police held a press conference to which Chris responded live on air.

The following day, Chris was invited back to BBC Radio WM as a guest on a live debate on the Tipton bomb. Featuring in the Iain Lee show, Chris responded to telephone calls from the general public and spoke about the need for calm in the face of direct provocation from those seeking to destabilise communities. You can listen to him at approximately 9mins 30 seconds in using the BBC’s iplayer:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p01c7nrz/Nick_Conrad_on_BBC_WM_Iain_Lee_sits_in/ .

Chris has also written an article for the Huffington Post on the ‘uneasy relationship’ that exists between mosques and the far-right in the Midlands region.  

Chris has previously written about attacks on mosques for the New Statesman, focusing especially on the sharp rise in attacks following the murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich earlier this year:

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Contact Chris Allen at c.allen.2@bham.ac.uk.

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