SOAS Research Online

A Free Database of the Latest Research by SOAS Academics and PhD Students

[skip to content]

Scott-Baumann, Alison and Perfect, Simon (2021) Freedom of speech in universities : Islam, charities and counter-terrorism. London: Routledge. (Islam in the world)

[img] Text - Published Version
Restricted to Repository staff only

Request a copy
Text (Chapter 2) - Accepted Version
Download (414kB) | Preview


Freedom of speech and extremism in university campuses are a major source of debate and moral panic in the UK today. In 2018, the Joint Committee on Human Rights in Parliament undertook an inquiry into freedom of speech on campus. It found that much of the public concern is exaggerated, but identified a number of factors that require attention, including the impact of government counter-extremism measures (the Prevent Duty) and regulatory bodies (including the Charity Commission for England and Wales) on freedom of speech. This book combines empirical research and philosophical analysis to explore these issues, with particular focus on the impact upon Muslim students and staff. It offers a new conceptual paradigm for thinking about freedom of speech, based on deliberative democracy, and practical suggestions for universities in handling it. Topics covered include: The enduring legacy of key thinkers who have shaped the debate about freedom of speech, the role of right-wing populism in driving moral panic about universities, the impact of the Prevent Duty and the Charity Commission upon Muslim students, students' unions and university managers Students' and staff views about freedom of speech, alternative approaches to handling freedom of speech on campus, including the community of inquiry This highly engaging and topical text will be of interest to those working within public policy, religion and education or religion and politics and Islamic Studies

Item Type: Authored Books
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies > Department of Religions & Philosophies
ISBN: 9780367257828
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2020 10:16

Altmetric Data


Download activity - last 12 monthsShow export options
Downloads since deposit
6 month trend
6 month trend
Accesses by country - last 12 monthsShow export options
Accesses by referrer - last 12 monthsShow export options

Repository staff only

Edit Item Edit Item