Professor Sayyid’s contribution to parliamentary group recognised in the fight against Islamophobia
As pressure on the government rises to adopt a newly proposed working definition of Islamophobia, Professor Sayyid’s contribution to the parliamentary group’s work has been recognised in the Observer.
Muslim organisations are hoping that a change in definition of Islamophobia could decrease instances of Islamophobia, whilst acknowledging the reality of the abuse that Muslims face as a form of racism.
Professor Sayyid and AbdoolKarim Vakil of King’s College London are recognised as two of the most influential contributors to the parliamentary group’s work.
They said: “Opposition to the term Islamophobia or to attempts at its definition is nothing new. Islamophobia is racism; naming and combating Islamophobia is not about special pleading, it’s about civil rights.”