October 29, 2018

On Wednesday, the 24 October, the Olive Tree Madrasah director, Yahya Barry was invited by the Presbytery of Edinburgh (all Church of Scotland churches in Edinburgh) to talk about interfaith relations and work in the city. The gathering was attended by around thirty co...

September 4, 2018

This was one of those once in a lifetime moments which never fade away in the memory of time. Nervously, we stood outside the castle gate awaiting the first arrival of students. And what a colourful picture it was: families holding the hands of their little ones all dr...

July 10, 2018

In April 2017, the Imam Yahya Barry reported Edinburgh Central Mosque to the Scottish Charity Regulator when his concerns regarding corrupt practices harming the community went ignored by the mosque's administration and board of trustee members. In September 2017, the...

July 2, 2018

The summer holidays have set upon us, and for those of you living here in Edinburgh, the unusual number of day after day sunshine would have got you well into the summer mood. As a kid growing up, the summer holidays were simply the best time of the year! Looking back,...

June 19, 2018

For some Muslims, Islam came along following an active choice to convert. The journeys these Muslims take in discovering themselves, their narratives around ‘being Muslim’ and practicing the religion differ from those born and raised in Muslim families. This is what ou...

June 13, 2018

We made a hamper of sweets for our ten year old to take to school with him tomorrow to share with his classmates on the occasion of Eid as they had done during Christmas. As the special occasion of Eid approaches with much excitement, Muslims families across the world...

June 11, 2018

All wise proverbs about “knowing where you came from ...” aside, it can’t be too much of a bad thing to have some idea of how Muslims actually found their way to Scotland, of all places. This is why we share this blog post. But what about the ‘Olive Trees’ part? Well,...

June 4, 2018

It is said: the problems that we face as a global humanity cannot be solved at the same level of thinking which created them in the first place. We understand this to mean that we live in times where we need every single ingredient of outside-the-box, creative and hybr...

June 1, 2018

The accounts presented here are research data collected during a project studying Islamophobia and Muslim responses to Right-wing populism in Edinburgh, London, Copenhagen and Malmo. All the participants have been given pseudonyms. The aim of this blog post is to highl...

May 31, 2018

There is a lot to a name. This becomes apparent when our emotions are stirred by the mere mention of a name. The name ‘Madrasah’ - commonly translated as school, has unfortunately become a politically loaded word with connotations of extremism, brainwashing and anti-We...

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