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Islamophobia in Edinburgh Schools

Islamophobia in Edinburgh Schools

Islamophobia in Edinburgh Schools was written by Samena Dean with a foreword by Arzu Merali, and is published by Scotland Against Criminalising Communities (SACC).
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The booklet describes findings obtained from interviews with 100 students from primary and secondary schools across Edinburgh. The interviews were conducted at after-school Islamic Studies groups and Muslim youth groups. They reveals worrying levels of both verbal and physical abuse.

To protect individuals' privacy, the report does not categorise experiences by locality and does not name particular schools.

Samena Dean is a youth worker, community activist and a full-time mother of three and has been working with the Edinburgh Muslim community on Islamophobia for a number of years.

Arzu Merali is one of the founders of the Islamic Human Rights Commission, UK and heads its research section.

The author would like to thank Rahnuma Feist-Hassan for helpful discussions about her findings.

SACC would like to thank Annandale Mosque, Edinburgh for support with the publication and launch of the booklet.

We hope that this booklet will be a useful tool to help raise awareness and understanding of the problem and to focus discussion on ways to tackle it.

Islamophobia in Edinburgh Schools was launched at a public meeting held at Annandale Mosque, Edinburgh on Friday 2 June 2017.

Islamophobia in Edinburgh Schools can be downloaded here (20 pages, 4.61MB, pdf document):


Creative Commons LicenseThis pdf edition is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

The license allows copying and distribution of the publication, only in its entirety, as long as it is attributed to the author and used for non-commercial purposes. Photographs, illustrations and artwork may not be used separately from the publication unless permitted by individual artists.

Copies of the print edition are available for SACC on request (free) - contact SACC.

Islamophobia in Edinburgh Schools (Scotland Against Criminalising Communities, Edinburgh, 2017), ISBN: 978-1-5272-1 01 6-5

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