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.

 


Sand not just mud: 100 years on we remember . . . the wrong war?

by Jenny Taylor - 7th November 2014

CAUGHT between the Jews yearning for a homeland, and Arabs yearning to restore the caliphate to Mecca, Britain played a decisive role that is returning to haunt us.

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Religious illiteracy is now toxic

by Jenny Taylor - 9th October 2014

This blog was written for the Public Spirit collection on responses to the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life: Community, Diversity and the Common Good and is set to appear in October, 2015.

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Is the so-called Islamic State Islamic?

by Jenny Taylor - 3rd September 2014

A debate has raged on this website among scholars on whether the 'essence' of Islam is what gives rise to the sickening violence in Syria and Iraq, degrading all our lives and politics.

Yet when experts cannot agree, it is little wonder how unconvincing Barack Obama and other leaders sound when they declare definitively that the so-called IS 'speaks for no religion', and in reference to the beheading of journalist James Foley, 'no just God would stand for what they did yesterday ...'

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