Is there a need for a project like this?

We believe there is. The debate around Islam and Muslims has reached a very difficult position. While there is a growth in anti-Muslim sentiment, there is also an increasing sense of victimhood and closed attitudes developing among many Muslims....

Why ‘British Islam’? Is there such a thing?

Technically speaking there is only one Islam, as it is a universal and global faith. But Islam is always, and has always been, understood, lived and practised in very local contexts. Muslim traditions have evolved with local nuances in mind. From...

Doesn’t every Muslim view Islam in the same way?

Islam can be read in ways that are very narrow and exclusivist, full of anger and victimhood; but it can also be read in ways that are open and inclusive, infused with love, mercy, kindness and generosity. Instead of being an anomaly, it can...

Is this a business?

No. We are a charity registered in England and Wales. Charities are established for public and community benefit and not for the benefit of Trustees. Any money raised from grants or donations, or any income generated, is used exclusively to...

Are you a representative organisation?

No. But we think there are many people out there that want to see an Islam that is at home in this country – they may already feel that and have that for themselves, but sometimes fear that others will criticise them for feeling this way. We...

Is this a new movement in Islam? Why ‘New Horizons’?

Our pursuit is to understand Islam in a way that is embedded in our time and place and help educate people around this understanding. This has always been the pursuit of Muslims, so on that level its nothing new. Terms such as: islah (reform),...

What authority do you have to speak about all this?

We do not lay pretence to being qualified theologians or jurists (fuqaha) in the Islamic tradition, but we will work with theologians and experts and often refer to scholarly works to ground our arguments. We have our own expertise and...

How are you funded?

We are a charity and our accounts will always be transparent. The Trustees started off the organisation with some of their own funds. We receive donations and grants from a wide range of sources including individuals, businesses, charities and...

Are you trying to bring about a Reformation of Islam?

Every religion will have its own way of dealing with the tensions created by the calls for change and adaptation. The Reformation was a specifically Christian and European experience. Other religions may face similar dynamics, but it is unlikely...

Is this really about counter terrorism?

No. We believe it is vital to work against violence and harmful extremes in any society. But New Horizons is rooted in a concern for how Islamic thought should be understood in the modern world, on its own terms. It is about promoting the...

What are your hopes for the future?

For the future of this country, let alone for the future of Muslims in this country, we need to find a way for people to get along together and understand each other better. Sadly, social divides seem to be on the increase and we all need to work...

Is this just about the UK?

The British bit of our name refers to our anchor point; we began in, and are rooted in, the UK. But the issues and debates we are concerned with have relevance in many different parts of the world, including the US and other parts of Europe. We...