Islamophobia 2017: A challenge for us all


EqualiTeach are pleased to be supporting a new project to mark the anniversary of the landmark 1997 Runnymede Trust Report Islamophobia: A Challenge for Us All.


The aims of the project are:
  • to renew awareness of the causes, nature, facets and dangers of Islamophobia
  • to help develop and strengthen counter-narratives relating to citizenship, secularism, pluralism and justice
  • to provide resources, lesson plans, activities and course outlines for schools, colleges, universities and communities, and for training and awareness-raising events of various kinds.
The project has three strands:
  • Looking back, Looking ahead: public lectures and events in Leeds and London to mark the twentieth anniversary of the 1997 report – 19 October in London and 12 November in Leeds
  • Blogposts: critique, reaction and responses hosted by Re-Orient: The International Journal of Critical Muslim Studies
  • Resourcing Educators: an archive of lesson plans, exercises, training programmes and course outlines.


If you would like to contribute to the blog or the resources archive, or both, please send an indication of your interest to

Also, please email us if you have any suggestions and requests about the specific topics and issues you hope this project will address.


The project is being organised jointly by the Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies at the University of Leeds, the Insted Consultancy, the Muslim Youthwork Foundation and ReOrient: the Journal of Critical Muslim Studies.

The current members of the planning group for the project are Sameena Choudry (Equitable Education consultancy), Gill Cressey (Coventry University), MG Khan (Ruskin College, Oxford), Robin Richardson (formerly at the Runnymede Trust), S.Sayyid (University of Leeds) and AbdoolKarim Vakil (King’s College London).

Watch this space!
Keep up with updates on their Facebook page

A website is also in progress at


Background Information

View the original 1997 Runnymede report:

A follow-up report published by Trentham Books in 2004 can be found at

Many key theoretical issues are discussed in Thinking through Islamophobia: global perspectives, edited by S. Sayyid and AbdoolKarim Vakil, Hurst Publishers 2011.


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