“ISLAMOPHOBIA” AND THE SILENCING OF DISSENT
Accusations of Islamophobia are used not to combat racism but to silence dissent and impose blasphemy and apostasy de facto laws where none exist. I’d like to show how the normalisation of Islamophobia is a win for the fundamentalists and a loss for free thinkers and dissenters
IS POLYGAMY A CONDUCIVE CONTEXT FOR VIOLENCE AND ABUSE OF WOMEN AND GIRLS?
Polygamy is practiced by many traditional and faith communities across the world. It is not limited to Islam or Muslims. Polygyny is by far the most common form of polygamy or plural marriage, in which one man is simultaneously married to several wives.
My presentation will be based upon research I have undertaken over the past 7 years examining the lived experiences of women, men and children who are, or have been in a polygamous household in the UK.
The experiences I will share at conference examines the practice from the perspectives of those who have ‘chosen’ to enter into such unions and those who did not. It will also include the testimonies of adults who grew up in polygamous households and how this has impacted upon their lives and their views of this practice.