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  • Ijtihad: Feminism and Reform | 18 Apr 2014
    • What is progressive Islam? Come and watch Emmy Award-winning producer Nancy Graham Holm’s documentary, and ask the questions you have always wanted to ask on this topic. Can you be a Muslim and be supportive of secular democracy, same-sex marriage or women’s participation in the public sphere? This is a debate about gender and identity…

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  • 100 Women: Who is taking part? | 24 Oct 2013
    • They hail from all over the world, and from walks of life. They do all kinds of things: they make music, save lives, raise children, run businesses, write, preach, act and tell jokes. They campaign for their causes and strive for a better world for themselves and their families. On Friday 25 October they are…

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  • BMSD shortlisted for Secularist of the Year | 5 Jun 2013
    • The Director and trustees are delighted to announce that BMSD have been shortlisted for this year’s “Secularist of the Year” Prize, alongside the Dalai Lama, Malala Yousafzai, Oliver Kamm, Carlos Celdran and Jaques Berlinerblau. Pictured: NSS campaigns manager Stephen Evans with Nasreen Rehman, Tehmina Kazi & Shaaz Mahboob of British Muslims for Secular Democracy Click here…

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  • BBC News: York Mosque praised for offering EDL protesters tea | 29 May 2013
    • 28 May 2013 Last updated at 14:43 A mosque has been praised for serving tea and biscuits to English Defence League supporters after the far-right group arranged a demonstration there. About six people turned up to protest at the mosque in Bull Lane, York, on Sunday and were invited inside to play football with worshippers….

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  • Petition: Keep the Public Sector Equality Duty | 18 Apr 2013
    • Andy Greeg, one of our trustees has started the petition “The British Government: Keep the Public Sector Equality Duty” and needs your help to get it off the ground. Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here’s why it’s important: If you are affected disproportionately by stop and search policies, school exclusions,…

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Latest Articles

  • Let’s criminalise forced marriage: secular and Islamic perspectives | 24 Jan 2014
    • By Tehmina Kazi In a rejoinder to Amrit Wilson’s article Criminalising forced marriage in the UK: why it will not help women, Tehmina Kazi lays out the arguments for the criminalisation of forced marriage, with a particular focus on the Scottish Parliament’s recent consultation on full criminalisation In November 2013, I was asked to make a submission…

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  • Challenging supremacist ideology in Islam | 18 Dec 2013
    • Tehmina Kazi How should Muslim civil society organisations respond to acts of violent religious extremism? In this article, Tehmina Kazi, of British Muslims for Secular Democracy, argues for a need to move beyond simply asking whether Muslims are doing enough to combat extremism, and to support those Muslim organisations and religious scholars who are challenging…

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  • 100 Women: Who is taking part? | 24 Oct 2013
    • They hail from all over the world, and from walks of life. They do all kinds of things: they make music, save lives, raise children, run businesses, write, preach, act and tell jokes. They campaign for their causes and strive for a better world for themselves and their families. On Friday 25 October they are…

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  • Defending Malala Yousafzai | 22 Jul 2013
    • You have just woken up in hospital, weeks after being shot in the head. Your time and usefulness on this planet is far from over; you are spurred on by the multiple wall-hangings bedecked with sparkly white cards, the boxes of miniature teddies, and most importantly, your faith and family. You are receiving world-class treatment,…

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Latest Press Releases

  • British Muslims for Secular Democracy (bmsd) response to the Woolwich murder | 23 May 2013
    • British Muslims for Secular Democracy (bmsd) are shocked and profoundly distressed by the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich on 22nd May 2013. The victim was a soldier who was described as a “loving father” to his two-year-old son, and we send our deepest condolences to his family and…

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