On 29 November 2020, the Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester held an online event using Zoom "Combating Islamophobia Together" as part of Islamophobia Awareness Month.
I was one of the speakers, as well as helping to organise the event. The event was recorded.
My presentation can be watched below, along with some additional messages and my responses during the question and answer session.
I think the following points are often not well understood.
Many Muslims are eager to have a definition of Islamophobia, with the hope that it can be outlawed. In reality most forms of bad behaviour that legislation could address are already illegal.
Things which the law cannot address can only be dealt with by changing people's attitudes. Each Muslim has a responsibility to help achieve that.
Those who study antisemitism distinguish between classical European antisemitism and modern antisemitism linked to hatred of Israel. In the same way, I identify an "old" and a "new" anti-Muslim hatred.
I am happy to share the original PowerPoint slide presentation.
The question and answer session was also recorded. However the Forum has not published it to preserve the privacy of those asking questions.
I have used the audio version of the recording to extract my answers to some audience questions. Those questions are transcribed below in condense form, with the recording of my answers.
Muslims often feel aggrieved that there is a generally agreed definition of antisemitism (namely the IHRA definition) while the definition of Islamophobia is contested.
I have explained in my article "What do we do with a definition of Islamophobia?" that the word antisemitism does not appear in UK law, and how the antisemitism definition is used in practice.
This goes back the part of my presentation where I discuss the role of society.
In my answer I gave an example of racism (as the word racism is used by sociologists) against stamp collectors.
That is now written down on my page "The word Islamophobia should be abandoned" in the section on the Runnymede 2017 Islamophobia definition where I explain racism against chessplayers.
On my page "Why freedom of speech is vital — interview given to a school pupil I have reproduced the text of the UK legislation on incitement of racial hatred and incitement of religious hatred.
The legislation on discrimination on grounds of religion is in the UK's Equality Act 2010.