Faisal Hanif
Faisal is a student in the MA Newspaper Journalism programme at City University, London and has a Masters qualification in History from the School of Oriental and African Studies. Previously, he received a BA (hons) in History at the University of Leicester, and has worked as an associate researcher for Datamonitor in Manchester.

He has also been published on the Guardian's online comment section and has his own blog.

Interests include the classical Islamic tradition, Pakistan cricket and old Bollywood music; Mohammed Rafi and Kishore Kumar all the way.

Entries by Faisal Hanif

Book Review: 'Heaven's Bankers: Inside the Hidden World of Islamic Finance', By Harris Irfan

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 4:48 PM

Given that transparency is the one thing most people want from financial institutions in the post recession era, a book whose title evokes secrecy may be somewhat of a repellent. And yet Harris Irfan's work is perhaps the most accessible insight into a maligned and mysterious industry.

Detractors of Islamic...

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Book Review: The Inevitable Caliphate: A History of the Struggle for Global Islamic Union, 1924 to the Present' by Reza Pankhurst

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 6:21 PM

To be or not to be, that is the question. Perhaps the most perfect sentence ever constructed in the English language.

Raza Pankhurst's latest work doesn't have the poetic endurance of Shakespeare but its central premise is concerned with the dilemma so eloquently posed by the master playwright in...

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Book Review: Wounded Tiger: A History of Cricket in Pakistan by Peter Oborne

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 8:40 PM

As I write this, the man widely considered as the best spin bowler in the world and Pakistan's main wicket-taking-force, is facing an investigation into his bowling action.

Additionally, Saeed Ajmal's predecessor and Pakistan's highest wicket-taking-spinner, Danish Kaneria has been refused an appeal against a life ban...

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Book Review: Medina in Birmingham, Najaf in Brent: Inside British Islam by Innes Bowen

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 3:45 PM

The author has called it a "labour of love". Seven years of painstaking research and interviews all done alongside a full-time role at BBC Radio.

The result of it all should prompt future generations as well as those alive today to show a debt of gratitude to Innes Bowen....

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Sikhs Should Honour Joginder Singh's Memory by Fighting Islamophobia

(6) Comments | Posted November 16, 2013 | 6:52 PM

The news that an elder from the community has passed away is apart from the deep immediate sorrow an event that causes many to look on the future with some trepidation.

Death in this context is so much more than just the passing of an individual. It represents the...

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Living in Suspicion of Jewish Conspiracies is Self Defeating for Muslims

(1) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 8:46 AM

The alleged comments made by Lord Nazir Ahmed about a Jewish Conspiracy to explain his dangerous driving conviction are made in an atmosphere of paranoia. It is a paranoia that has gripped the psyche of some within the Muslim community and allowed those in positions of authority to...

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Positive Discrimination in Recruiting Police Officers Would Mean a More Effective Police Force

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 2:22 PM

Only yesterday at an event designed to raise awareness of race hate crimes in Manchester I found myself in conversation with a high ranking member of Manchester City Council. As we explored the reasons behind the existing apathy amongst BME communities in reporting race hate crimes one factor we agreed...

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Some Muslims Have Been Denigrating the Prophet's Legacy for Years

(6) Comments | Posted September 16, 2012 | 8:31 PM

"The war of light and darkness sounds well, but within this post Freudian world men realise that the darkness ascribed to ones enemies is a projection of the darkness of ones self that is not fully admitted, so in this way the distorted image of Islam is to be regarded...

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Our Response to Poverty Needs to be More Personal

(2) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 6:10 PM

For many of us living in the West the word poverty normally conjures up images of far flung lands in sub-Saharan Africa or Asia. Often it is images of malnourished children with naked torsos and indented ribcages in drought-ridden surroundings.

Whilst we may feel grateful for not...

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