Dr Chris Allen
Chris Allen is a Lecturer in Social Policy in the Institute of Applied Social Studies at the University of Birmingham.

For the past decade, Chris has been at the forefront of research into Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate culminating in the publication of his first book, “Islamophobia” by Ashgate in 2010. He was also the co-author of the seminal EUMC report into Islamophobia in Europe after 9/11 and has published extensively in the UK as also Austria, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Serbia, Spain and Switzerland among others.

As well as appearing regularly in the media, Chris has until recently also been supporting the British Government in an independent advisory role on matters relating to Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate. He has also submitted various pieces of written and oral evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Religious Offences and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia,

As well as Islamophobia his other research interests include the role of religion in the contemporary public and political spaces as also a range of social issues associated with diversity and multiculturalism.

He is originally from London, is married with three children and is a lifelong fan of both Morrissey and Millwall Football Club.

Entries by Dr Chris Allen

The Rise of Europe's Far Right and the Anti-Islam Tide

(48) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 7:00 PM

The notion of Europe being "invaded" by an Islamic other has gained considerable traction in the past decade and a half.

This rhetoric routinely cites the mass migration that followed World War II as starting the process, and uses more recent migration - in particular the ongoing plight of those...

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Choose Hope Over Hate: Why PEGIDA Isn't Welcome in Birmingham

(2) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 11:41 AM

On Saturday (6th February), PEGIDA - an abbreviation for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident - will hold its first ever rally in Birmingham.

With no more than 300 people estimated to attend and having been kept away from the city centre, protestors will undertake...

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Be More British, Speak More English, Dress Like This - Another Normal Week for British Muslim Women

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 6:48 AM

Another week and another barrage of politicians and newspaper headlines place various demands on British Muslims. This week's disproportionately focus on Muslim women, calling on them to change the way they dress, speak more English more often, and reform Islam. Not asking for much...

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Islamophobic Hate Crime: Why Is It All About Terror and Extremism Rather Than Hate Crime Per Se?

(1) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 9:38 PM

As part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week, I attended the University of Liverpool's "Challenging Hate Crime: Research, Policy and Practice" conference. Waiting to present a paper on the religion strand of hate crime, two things happened. First, the Home Office released the latest

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The Curious Incident Of The Muslim Student in the University Library Who Was Reading A Book (Which Clearly Meant He Was a Terrorist)

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 6:26 PM

The recent experience of Mohammed Umar Farooq at Staffordshire University confirms my worst fears about the statutory duties now placed on universities following changes to the PREVENT programme as part of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015.

Farooq was a postgraduate student on Staffordshire's

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Islamophobic Hate Crime up 70% in London, Some Thoughts

(1) Comments | Posted September 7, 2015 | 8:54 PM

Statistics released by the Metropolitan Police reveal that the number of Islamophobic hate crimes in London has increased by 70% in the past year. For the year ending July 2015, the Met recorded a total of 816 Islamophobic hate crimes; in 2014, the number was 478, itself

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Thinking Through Cameron's Five-Year Counter-Extremism Strategy

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 8:00 PM

On Monday this week, David Cameron set out his government's five-year strategy for defeating Islamist extremism. Describing it as an ideology that seeks to destroy nation states in order to invent its own barbaric realm, Cameron said the fight against Islamist extremism would be the 'struggle...

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7/7's Legacy on Multiculturalism and Muslims

(1) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 9:59 AM

The tenth anniversary of the 7/7 London terror attacks will rightly focus on the sheer horror of the day's unfolding events and tragic loss of life. One cannot forget the shocking images of carnage and chaos that accompanied the news that four bombs - three on Underground trains, one on...

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Radicalisation on Campus: Why New Counter-Terror Duties for Universities Will Not Work

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 8:45 AM

The government's attempts to prevent university students from being drawn into violent extremism and terrorism could backfire. From July 1, there will be new duties placed on universities following changes to the government's PREVENT programme in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015.

Universities will now be required to provide...

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A Post-Election Call to Arms Against Simplism

(2) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 12:15 PM

Do you remember when George W Bush declared that "You're either with us or against us"?

Stressing there could be no neutrality in the 'war on terror', not only did his statement effectively shut down any opportunity for challenge but so too did he mask an extremely...

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Why I Quit the Government's Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group

(39) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 8:00 PM

Shortly after the re-launch of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Islamophobia in November 2011, I was invited to join the newly formed Cross-Government Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group hosted in the Department for Communities and Local Government.

My understanding was that the Working Group would work...

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Halal Hysteria: It's About Muslims, NOT Animal Welfare

(92) Comments | Posted May 11, 2014 | 8:00 PM

Here's a controversial statement: the recent anti-halal hysteria has nothing to do with the welfare of animals. It's just good old-fashioned Islamophobia.

This is not to say that some people don't have sincere concerns about the way in which animals are slaughtered: they do.

But these are not the...

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The Conservatives, Christianity and 'Doing God' at Easter

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 9:34 PM

The Conservatives have been 'doing god' of late.

Whilst Eric Pickles told 'militant atheists' that Britain is a Christian nation so "get over it", David Cameron has been speaking about his Christian faith on three separate occasions.

Not only did Cameron claim at his 'Easter...

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Operation Trojan Horse, 'Making the Blood Boil' and a Modern Day British Success

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 8:06 AM

Birmingham City Council yesterday announced that it was freezing the recruitment of school governors while it investigated claims of an "Islamic takeover plot". As Councillor Brigid Jones stated:

"Obviously, we have to take the allegations very seriously. Since [Operation Trojan Horse] went public we have had floods of...
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Winterval Is Coming: Busting the Myths About Banning Christmas

(14) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 11:34 AM

A number of things each year serve to remind you that Christmas is coming:

  • The Radio Times double issue going on sale in WHSmith;
  • Stacks of tinned Quality Street, Celebrations and Roses presenting a mobility hazard in Tesco;
  • The showing (or not as the case has...
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'I Don't Think They Understand Just How It All Feels' - Understanding Experiences of Anti-Muslim Hate on British Muslim Women

(31) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 7:44 PM

"Why do you look so ugly... why are you covering your face?"

A month or so ago when newspapers were screaming headlines about 'banning the niqab' and politicians were calling for national reviews into the wearing of the niqab in schools, hospitals and the...

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The Hyperreal Resurrection of the New Messiah, Tommy Robinson

(9) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 5:13 AM

Things have been a little hyperreal of late. It all started three weeks ago with the Damscene conversion of Tommy Robinson and his decision to quit the English Defence League (EDL).

Cynical at the time, I agreed with Matt Goodwin who pretty much...

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From Miley Cyrus to Banning Veils: The Problem Men Have With Women and Their Bodies

(139) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 8:00 PM

Women and their bodies have been big news of late.

Just a few weeks after the public outcry about Miley Cyrus 'twerking' in a 'nude' bikini at the MTV Video Awards the last two weeks have seen a similar public outcry gaining apace about the wearing - or...

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A London Politico's View of Birmingham, its New Library and the Source of Milk

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2013 | 9:35 PM

Yesterday I was involved in an argument with someone who lives near me. Following some heated verbal exchanges, the other person ridiculously asked me whether - given that I'm a Londoner - I knew that milk actually came from cows rather than just appearing in supermarkets. Getting short shrift and...

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It's Time the All Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia Found Its Teeth

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 11:20 AM

I feel as though I have some personal stake in the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Islamophobia. It first began two years ago when I submitted a report to it, examining the very public fallout that ensued following the appointment of iENGAGE as the Group's secretariat.

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