The University of Exeter has launched a new European Muslim Research Centre (EMRC). The center aims to shed light on Islamic issues that are in danger of being ignored because of negative media reports on Islam and “vociferous sections of the media and populist politicians”. Instead, the EMRC focuses on topics like anti-Muslim hate crime. Dr. Jonathan Githens-Mazer and Dr. Robert Lambert of the University of Exeter co-authored the center’s first report: “Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Hate Crime: a London Case Study”.
The report finds that Muslim Londoners face a threat of violence and intimidation from three groups. First from a small violent extremist nationalist milieu that has broadly the same political analysis as the British National Party (BNP). Second from London gangs who have no allegiance with or affinity to the BNP. Third from a small number of Londoners and visitors to London who appear to be acting on prejudices gained via negative media portrayals of Muslims as terrorists and security threats.