Jenny Taylor

An established media professional, academic and writer, she trained with Yorkshire Post Newspapers and became the first race reporter in the Westminster Press Group, disconcertingly finding herself interviewing her heartthrob Cat Stevens, just after he became Yusuf Islam. She has travelled widely seeing the work of civil society organizations all over Asia and Africa at first hand. She is an expert on the connection between faith and culture, on which she has addressed parliamentary and Commonwealth gatherings. Her doctorate is from SOAS in London on Islam and secularization.

 


Religious Illiteracy – the Root of all Evil?

by Jenny Taylor - 27th April 2015

I prepared this two-minute speech as a panellist in a BBC Debate at Broadcasting House on 22 April 2015, chaired by Roger Bolton, with Aaqil Ahmed (Head of Religion, BBC), Ruth Gledhill (Christian Today), and Professor Robert Beckford (Theologian, Canterbury Christchurch).

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Pondering the sale of Eurostar

by Jenny Taylor - 4th March 2015

News this morning of the sale for £.75billion of another national asset, Eurostar, to reduce the national debt, strikes a dissonant chord.

Isn’t ‘national debt’ an oxymoron, if anything ‘national’ can simply be flogged off?

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An Abyssinian moment in the Chiltern Hills

by Jenny Taylor - 17th December 2014

HIGH WYCOMBE is turning into a horror movie with news today of the arrest of yet another alleged terrorist.  But JENNY TAYLOR who was given unprecedented access to a remarkable interfaith initiative there, finds the town surprisingly sanguine.

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