How did the West get Islam so wrong?

Many of the beliefs and identities of British Muslims, and the attitudes of non-Muslims towards them, were forged in the shadow of 9/11 and the War on Terror. Tawseef Khan’s new book The Muslim Problem states that Muslims are, “perhaps the most misunderstood – and misrepresented – minority group living in the West today. Myths exist within Muslim communities too – often along similar lines; Islam tends to be completely misunderstood by many of its own followers.” From attitudes towards violence, to homophobia and gender inequality, how did western societies get Islam so wrong? And what can both Muslims and non-Muslims do to correct the pervasive and harmful stereotypes about the religion that perpetuate social division and fuel racism?

You can buy Tawseef’s book here.


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guest editor and invited experts

Hashi Mohamed
Barrister, broadcaster, author and contributing Editor at Tortoise

Tawseef Khan
Qualified solicitor specialising in immigration and asylum law and a human rights activist with over ten years of experience working on refugee and Muslim issues.

Heena Khaled
Program administrator at the Open Society Justice Initiative, co-host of the Hijabi Half Hour podcast, and founder of The Hijab Experience

Anjum Peerbacos
Teacher and and pastoral leader at Finchley Catholic High School. Anjum is also co-creator the Hijabi Half Hour podcast, and co-founded AVOW – Advancing Voice of Women against Islamaphobia