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About Parveen Akhtar

Parveen Akhtar is a lecturer in sociology at Aston University, specialising in political participation, Islam, migration and social change. She is the author of British Muslim Politics: Examining Pakistani Biraderi Networks (Palgrave, 2013), and has published articles in the British Journal of Politics and International Relations, the Political Quarterly and European Political Science.

Articles by Parveen Akhtar

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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Is there a connection between Muslim 'superdiversity' and sectarian violence?

What lies behind two intra-Muslim killings in Britain? The question is timely at the unifying moment of a new Muslim year. 

Bradford West, democracy in technicolour

A passionate contest in Bradford West was a highlight of Britain's general election. Here is the remarkable story from a changing city.

Bradford West: politics comes alive

A fusion of history, politics and personality gives the electoral contest in one British constituency a unique flavour.

British Muslims and local democracy: after Bradford

A by-election earthquake in the post-industrial northern English city of Bradford saw a high-profile politician with a strong appeal among disaffected urban Muslims win an overwhelming victory. This "Bradford spring" reflects the changing attitudes and concerns of Muslim voters in a democracy that many feel does not properly represent them, says Parveen Akhtar.

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