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I am a Muslim Anarchist, a humble steward of kawkab-al-ard: the universe is my home; humankind my family; the libraries of the world are my mind; a mother's tears my heart; the qur'an my soul; non-violence my creed; peace and justice my purpose; dialogue, education and critical reflection my toolbox.

 . Abdullah Quilliam Society
 . Adbusters
 . Against Violent Extremism
 . AK Press
 . Alan Godlas
 . The American Empire Project
 . Another Angry Voice
 . Another Green World
 . Al-Islam.org
 . Barth's Notes on Religion
 . BBC History: Victorians
 . Black Presence in Britain
 . Bookmarks
 . Books about Islam
 . British Religion in Numbers
 . BSA SocRel Study Group
 . Campaign Against Arms Trade
 . The Cutting Edge

 . Directory of Open Access Journals
 . Earth First
 . Earth Insight
 . Ecofem.org
 . Ecosocialist International Network
 . Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
 . End Racism
 . English Disco Lovers
 . English PEN
 . Enough
 . Everyday Muslim
 . Focus on Religion
 . Freedom News
 . Global Greens
 . Green Party (UK)
 . Hurst Publishers
 . iEngage (MEND)
 . Imaan
 . Indigenous Environmental Network
 . Institute of Race Relations
 . Index on Censorship
 . Informed Comment
 . The Institute of Ismaili Studies
 . Islamophobia Watch
 . John Pilger's Films
 . Jonathan Cook
 . Keep Our NHS Public
 . Kitaabun
 . Loonwatch
 . Media Lens
 . Mehdi Hasan
 . Naomi Klein
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 . Neovictorian Studies
 . Nikolas Rose
 . Occupy
 . On Religion
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 . Pluto Press
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 . Racial & Religious Hatred Act 2006
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 . Runnymede Trust
 . Sala@m
 . SchNEWS
 . Scholar of the House
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 . Sniggle
 . Soundings
 . Tabsir
 . Tom Dispatch
 . Vegetarian Society
 . Victorian Research Web
 . The Victorian Web
 . Virtually Islamic
 . The Voice
 . War on Want
 . World Development Movement
 . The Yes Lab
 . Z Magazine

Reading Now:

Assata: An Autobiography
Assata Shakur, 2014, Zed Books

In 2013 Assata Shakur, founding member of the Black Liberation Army, former Black Panther and godmother of Tupac Shakur, became the first ever woman to make the FBI's most wanted terrorist list. Assata Shakur's trial and conviction for the murder of a white state trooper in the spring of 1973 divided America. Her case quickly became emblematic of race relations and police brutality in the USA. While Assata's detractors continue to label her a ruthless killer, her defenders cite her as the victim of a systematic, racist campaign to criminalize and suppress black nationalist organizations. This intensely personal and political autobiography reveals a sensitive and gifted woman, far from the fearsome image of her that is projected by the powers that be. With wit and candour Assata recounts the formative experiences that led her to embrace a life of activism. With pained awareness she portrays the strengths, weaknesses and eventual demise of black and white revolutionary groups at the hands of the state.

I'm also reading the children's fantasy classic, 'A Wrinkle in Time', by Madeleine L'Engle, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963...  more/...

Facts & Analysis
Future of the Global Muslim Population
Muslim Demographics: The Truth (video)
Reports on Racism/Islamophobia

Maps & Tables
The Learning Human
Learning Up: SQ3-R
Terrorism Studies
Cultural Studies


Ethnicity & Religion Data
BME in England & Wales (2011) (pdf)
Religion in England & Wales (2011) (pdf)
Religion in Kirklees

The Almohads
Clagsborough Chronicle
Britain 1897

Sound & Vision
Yakoub's favourite films
Yakoub's favourite sounds
Yakoub's muslim movies

Sonnet for my Mother
The Book of Longing
Cadmus Arch

Library Word: vagarious (adj.) - erratic and unpredictable in behaviour or direction.

Recent TV/DVD Viewing:

Four Horsemen, Ross Ashcroft, 2012

Twenty-three leading thinkers explain how the world really works and the fundamental flaws in the economic system which have brought our civilization to the brink of disaster. The film pulls no punches in describing the consequences of continued inaction – but its message is one of hope. If more people can equip themselves with a better understanding of how the world really works, then the systems and structures that condemn billions to poverty or chronic insecurity can at last be overturned.

This Is England, Shane Meadows, 2006; The Corporation, Joel Bakan, 2006; The Crisis of Civilization, Dean Puckett, 2011; The World According to Monsanto, Marie-Monique Robin, 2009; The War You Don't See, John Pilger, 2010; The New Rulers of the World, John Pilger, 2001; In the Valley of Elah, Paul Haggis, 2007; Maangamizi, Martin Mhando, Ron Mulvihill, 2001; Tyrannosaur - Paddy Considine, 2011

Top Twenty Favourite Videos:

Featuring Senser, Rafeef Ziadah, Alex Harvey Band, Rage Against the Machine, Sigur Ros, Karine Polwart, Simon Munnery, Efterklang, Professor Elemental, Benjamin Zephaniah, Bjork, Crass, Antiproduct, Radiohead, Eva Cassidy, Dan & Dan, Liza Minnelli, John Agard, Pharrell Williams, and The Mighty Boosh.

Spotify® playlist:

Dhafer Youssef, Talvin Singh, Amar, Junoon, Ali Farka Toure and Ry Cooder, D'Gary, Bandish Projekt, Arovane, Bombay Dub Orchestra, Baka Beyond, Zakir Hussain, Ishq, Susumu Yokota, Kaya Project, Joi, State of Bengal, Loop Guru, Banco de Gaia, Bark Psychosis, Dhol Foundation, Dalvinder Singh, Lemonchill.

Love, virtue, knowledge, art, worship - lose yourself in any of these, and you will find your true self. © Y. Y. Islam 2014, all rights reserved. All mind maps produced using Inspiration ® 7.5 English edition.