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A leap of faith
Author: Ali Riaz

The tendency among ethnic minority Muslim immigrant communities in Europe towards identification with Islam as a marker of identity is discussed in an array of studies, but seldom have they explained sufficiently how the change took place. Islam and Identity Politics among British-Bangladeshis: A Leap of Faith probes the causes of and conditions for the preference of the members of the British-Bangladeshi community for a religion-based identity vis-à-vis ethnicity-based identity, and the influence of Islamists in shaping the discourse. It also examines whether this salience of Muslim identity is a precursor to a new variant of diasporic Islam. Islam and Identity Politics delves into the micro-level dynamics, the internal and external factors and the role of the state and locates these within the broad framework of Muslim identity and Islamism, citizenship and the future of multiculturalism in Europe.

Sarah Glynn

Glynn 04_Tonra 01 19/06/2014 12:50 Page 79 4 British Bangladeshis Probashi Bengalis had shown massive support for their homeland as it struggled for independence, but after the war was over very few wanted to go back and live there. Some took up opportunities of influential positions with the ruling party, but generally the pulls were all in the other direction. This was the time when many of the Bengali men who were already working here began to bring over their wives and families – partly as a response to the traumas of separation and uncertainty that

in Class, ethnicity and religion in the Bengali East End
A difficult partnership
Harsh V. Pant

7 India and Bangladesh: a difficult partnership India’s relations with Bangladesh have suffered as New Delhi has failed to capitalize on the propitious political circumstances in Bangladesh in recent years with the coming to power of Sheikh Hasina of the Bangladesh Awami League (AL), who has taken great political risks to restore momentum in bilateral ties since 2008. Bureaucratic inertia and lack of political will on India’s part has prevented serious progress on outstanding bilateral issues. Bangladesh is seeking an expeditious Indian response to its demand

in Indian foreign policy
Ali Riaz

1 The Bangladeshi diaspora in the UK A lthough migration of South Asians to Britain is intrinsically linked to the colonial history of the British Empire in India, it long predates the Raj. The first contact between South Asia and Britain can be traced back to the arrival of the East India Company (EIC) in India in 1612 when they established a trading post in the western coastal town of Surat. Throughout the seventeenth century, the company expanded its presence in the eastern part of the Mughal Empire, especially in Bengal, Bihar and Orissa, secured

in Islam and identity politics among British-Bangladeshis
Scott N. Romaniuk, Emeka Thaddues Njoku, and Arundhati Bhattacharyya

Introduction and background Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, Western governments have primarily seen Bangladesh in the context of counter-terrorism and anti-terror activities. The growth of radical religious groups in Bangladesh has also become a matter of concern. Moreover, since the 1980s, Bangladesh has been a destination for aid from

in Counter-terrorism and civil society
An Interview with Caroline Abu Sa’Da, General Director of SOS MEDITERRANEE Suisse
Juliano Fiori

, they want to do something about it and they can’t necessarily join NGOs like MSF because they don’t have professional experience in humanitarian work. They specifically want to do something in Europe rather than going to Bangladesh or Syria or Iraq. It is really this idea of dealing with a European issue, in Europe, in a way that might bring about political change, without being embedded in a political party. This is a new type of political engagement and politics – different to that which inspired previous generations of humanitarian workers. SOS

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
A Response to the Journal of Humanitarian Affairs Special Issue on Innovation in Humanitarian Action (JHA, 1:3)
Anna Skeels

the very culture and practice of providing humanitarian assistance. 3 Internews (2017), ‘Information Needs Assessment: Cox’s Bazar – Bangladesh, https://www.internews.org/sites/default/files/2017-11/Internews_Coxs_Bazar_Publication%2030Nov_web.pdf (accessed 11 November 2019). 4 Translators without Borders (2018), ‘The language Lesson: What We’ve Learned about Communicating with Rohingya Refugees’, https://translatorswithoutborders.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/TWB_Bangladesh_Comprehension_Study_Nov2018.pdf (accessed 11 November 2019

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Four Decisive Challenges Confronting Humanitarian Innovation
Gerard Finnigan and Otto Farkas

, including 31 million in India, 8 million in Bangladesh and 1.7 million in Nepal, with 1.5 million homes destroyed and more than 2.4 million hectares of croplands lost ( UNICEF, 2017 ). The third challenging dynamic involves the growing risk of violence directed towards the humanitarian mission and the approach now required to protect all people involved in the response programme. Civilians are being targeted and used as human shields or forced into the field of battle and

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Gender Equality and Culture in Humanitarian Action1
Ricardo Fal-Dutra Santos

.icrc.org/eng/assets/files/publications/icrc-002-1067.pdf (accessed 30 August 2020 ). Irani , B. ( 2018 ), ‘ Life as a Transgender Child in Bangladesh ’, Dhaka Tribune , 28 October , www.dhakatribune.com/feature/people-feature/2018/10/28/life-as-a-transgender-child-in-bangladesh (accessed 30 August

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The Aid Industry and the ‘Me Too’ Movement
Charlotte Lydia Riley

(Action Contre La Faim/AAH) as Country Director in Bangladesh from 2012 to 2014; a statement from AAH in 2018 said that the charity had ‘received no information regarding any inappropriate or unethical behaviour by Roland van Hauwermeiren while he was with Oxfam in Haiti, or any warning on the risks of employing him’ ( AAH, 2018 ). The Charity Commission, the British regulatory body that oversees charitable organisations, launched an inquiry and issued an

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