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Understand - 7/7: Muslim Perspectives By Murtaza Shibli

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Pages: 200

This book explores and articulates the insights, reactions and experiences of a range of Muslim men and women following the events of 7/7 – their feelings, anxieties and concerns. It explores how they negotiated their own positions with mainstream society and with each other in the aftermath. The contributors reflect upon the event and express their personal responses, serving as a starting point for an exploration of the challenges and expectations which the future holds for them.

As the contributors come from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds, and a wide variety of spiritual practices, this project offers a rich mosaic of lived experience, subjective accounts of people's hopes, worries and fears. In doing so, it offers a deeper understanding of Muslim lives in the UK. It serves equally to put into perspective Islamic extremist ideologies in fringe groups.

The book captures compelling testimonies for those with an interest in the lives of Muslims – students, journalists, politicians, policy makers and academics. It gives a voice to Muslims who are rarely heard, and an opportunity to disseminate those voices in such a way as to promote cross-cultural bonds and amity.

About the Author

Murtaza Shibli Murtaza Shibli is a trainer, writer and consultant on Muslim issues, security and conflict, and an expert on South Asian politics and security. He has worked as a journalist, security consultant and aid worker. In his recent role, he worked for the Muslim Council of Britain as Public Affairs and Media Officer. Murtaza has more than 15 years of experience in delivering training and learning in various socio-cultural and political settings. He has delivered training and lecturers in the Middle-east, Central and South Asia and Europe.

As a journalist in Kashmir, he campaigned for minority Hindu rights and spent time with, and interviewed, guerrilla resistance leaders as well as Afghan jihad veterans.

He has written several essays on the South Asian security scenario and a monograph on Hizbul Mujahideen , the largest guerrilla resistance group in Kashmir which was added to European Union's list of terrorist organisations in December 2005.

He has an MA in Mass Communication and Journalism from the University of Kashmir and an MSc. in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

He is also a poet and a song writer and is currently working on his first music album in his mother tongue – Koshur.


In bringing together these reflections from a range of Muslim voices in this country, Murtaza Shibli has contributed signally to enabling a wide audience to gain insights into how the terrible events of 5 years ago are being assimilated and reflected on within the Muslim community. This collection of reflections should also enable non Muslims to consider whether there have been and still are imbalances in the public treatment of those events in which 52 people, including four innocent Muslims were murdered. Those responsible, we need to be reminded, were respecters neither of humanity nor of religion. If this book enables more people to be respecters of both, then it will have contributed to the wellbeing of British society.

Canon Guy Wilkinson , National Inter Religious Affairs Adviser & Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury

This important work makes a huge contribution towards our national understanding of the appalling events which took place on July 7th 2005.

Peter Oborne , writer and broadcaster; Author, Muslims Under Siege

7/7 Muslim Perspectives offers a rare chance to discover the everyday voices of British Muslims, which are all too often lost in the media hype and dominant narratives.

Tariq Modood , MBE, University of Bristol

This admirable work provides twenty five vivid snapshots of Muslims in Britain struggling to make sense of 7/7 and its impact on them, their family, friends and wider society. Cumulatively this short and accessible work renders audible a range of voices seldom heard: ordinary, educated Muslims from different parts of the country, young and old, including a handful of converts. A welcome aspect of the study is that half of its contributors are women. The full register of emotions is expressed: anger, anguish, perplexity, much soul-searching, compassion and the occasional paranoia. Few of the narratives are more poignant than those who sought in Britain pre-7/7 a quiet, unobserved life away from the violence and oppression of Iraq or Indian Kashmir. In all, this excellent selection restores humanity and depth to the abstraction ‘British Islam'.

Philip Lewis , Author, Young, British and Muslim

If you want an insight into how diverse British Muslims are navigating a post-7/7 landscape, written in their own words, then this book is a good place to start.

Asim Siddiqui , Chairman, The City Circle