The project's aims, strands, planning and background

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.

Three Principal Strands:

Looking Back, Looking Ahead:

Public lectures and events in Leeds and London to mark the twentieth anniversary of the 1997 report – 9th November 2017 in Leeds and 20th November 2017 in London.


Critique, reaction and responses hosted by ReOrient: The Journal of Critical Muslim Studies.

Resourcing Educators

An archive of lesson plans, exercises, training programmes and course outlines: September/November 2017.


If you would like to contribute to the blog or the resources archive, or both, please send an indication of your interest to admin@islamophobia2017.org.uk.

The blogs can use whatever medium. It is envisaged that written blogposts will be between 800 – 2000 words in length, and that teaching resources can be of any length.

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 focuses on the situation in the UK, as did the report published 20 years ago. But it will also take account of scholarship, issues, activism and creative developments in other countries as well. Contributions from outside the UK are very welcome.


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).

The planning committee is grateful to the support by Paul Hamlyn Foundation for making this project possible.


The 1997 Runnymede report can be accessed via the following link:

Key concepts and analytic frameworks in the 1997 report were summarised in 2016 by Runnymede’s current director, Omar Khan, in an article entitled Islamophobia – 20 years on, still a challenge for us all, published at http://www.runnymedetrust.org/blog/islamophobia-20-years-on-still-a-challenge-for-us-all

A follow-up report published by Trentham Books in 2004 can be accessed at http://www.insted.co.uk/islambook.pdf

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