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Hasnet Lais

Hasnet Lais is a freelance journalist, academic and commentator on religious affairs. His research interests include Political Islam and Muslims in the West. He has a Masters in Islamic Societies and Cultures from The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and has been published in openDemocracy, New Civilisation and emel - Britian's leading Muslim lifestyle magazine.

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50 shades of brown: The continuing stigma surrounding skin colour in British Asian communities, Notebook

50 shades of brown: The continuing stigma surrounding skin colour in British Asian communities

The saying “Beauty is only skin deep” has yet to register with many British South Asians. The view that fairness is synonymous with beauty is often peddled in the UK’s Asian community and in most cases, it’s the girls who bear the brunt of such racial snobbery.

By | Notebook | Friday, 11 October 2013 at 4:00 am

The real ghetto superstar: Why Floyd Mayweather is no Muhammad Ali, Notebook

The real ghetto superstar: Why Floyd Mayweather is no Muhammad Ali

After claiming the 44th win of his career, the undefeated streak of boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather continues. A future hall of famer, he may be the finest boxer of our generation since Sugar Ray Leonard and arguably one of the greatest pound for pound fighters to have laced a pair of gloves.

By | Notebook, Sport | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 at 4:39 pm

Is the Bangladeshi Spring morphing into a national Islamophobia?, The Foreign Desk

Is the Bangladeshi Spring morphing into a national Islamophobia?

Almost 42 years since Bangladesh won independence from Pakistan, the ghosts of the bloody 1971 liberation war still haunt the nation. The bloodletting, rape and torture inflicted by Pakistani militias prevent many Bengalis to this day from treating the country’s road to freedom as just a tragic tale of the past.

By | The Foreign Desk | Friday, 8 March 2013 at 10:00 pm

Are female converts to Islam part of a new wave of feminism?, Notebook

Are female converts to Islam part of a new wave of feminism?

You’d think after watching BBC Three’s Make me a Muslim documentary, being a female convert to Islam is so riddled with fault lines. Not really. My recent interviews with Muslim converts offered a rare glimpse into the lives of three women who would flatly reject such comparisons. And they’re all buzzing with spiritual ecstasy, retelling what caused them to halal-ify their wardrobes and Islamise dress codes.

By | Notebook | Friday, 8 February 2013 at 12:28 pm

Loaded Lux: Using hip-hop to heal the absent father wound, Music

Loaded Lux: Using hip-hop to heal the absent father wound

As far as music genres go, few are as hotly contested as hip hop. It’s middle America’s favourite whipping boy, but one of corporate America’s most powerful marketing agents. In the midst of the cultural tug-of-war, battle rap has returned with a vengeance and today marches unchallenged as the leading movement in the hip-hop underground.
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By | Music, Notebook | Wednesday, 21 November 2012 at 6:18 pm

Sheikh, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll: Muslim anxieties with student life, Notebook

Sheikh, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll: Muslim anxieties with student life

As much as I tried to repress from memory a recent post in The Independent titled “Slut dropping’ and ‘Pimps and Hoes’ – the sexual politics of freshers’ week”, it rings true for some common Muslim anxieties with student life.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Tuesday, 16 October 2012 at 10:00 am

Faith and film: Actor Ashley Chin’s balancing act, Arts

Faith and film: Actor Ashley Chin’s balancing act

Actor and Muslim convert Ashley Chin, a.k.a. Muslim Bilal speaks about the conflict between pursing an acting career and remaining faithful to his religion.

By | Arts, Film | Wednesday, 10 October 2012 at 5:43 pm

Hating Muhammad echoes of a medieval polemic, Notebook

Hating Muhammad echoes of a medieval polemic

As sketchy details surface about one person who has been alleged on a US website to be the director of ‘Innocence of Muslims’, and a recent French cartoon depicting Muhammad in a postmodern satirical form, both filmmaker and cartoonist join a long list of Muhammad-baiting Islamophobes.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 26 September 2012 at 12:00 pm

The mosque is tired… our imams are clueless, Notebook

The mosque is tired… our imams are clueless

Just before his passing, the late Cardinal Carlo Martini spoke damningly about the Catholic Church. As a Muslim, I feel digging behind his statement unearths a wisdom which many British Imams will find hard to swallow. The Cardinal’s remark is relevant to circumstances obtaining for Muslims who are dogged by the same servility to tradition and spiritual malady plaguing Christians.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 12 September 2012 at 5:37 pm

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