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Hassan Mahamdallie

Artist, Director

Published writer on the history of Muslims in Britain, researcher and co-developer of the Arts Council England Arts and Islam website. Specialism - theatre devising, script development, acting and directing.

Short Biography

Hassan Mahamdallie comes from a very large south London working class family. He gained an MA in Theatre Studies from Leeds University before going on to work as an actor, devisor and director in Theatre In Education and Community Theatre in the North West of England.

For many years he was a campaigning journalist and is a published author on subjects including the struggles of working class Muslims in Britain, racism and imperialism, how our schools fail Black children and the life of radical Victorian artist William Morris. He contributed to the publication Beyond Cultural Diversity: The Case for Creativity (Third Text 2010). He is the editor of Defending Multiculturalism: A Guide for the Movement (Bookmarks 2011). Hassan is a founder member of Unite Against Fascism and is on the editorial board of new journal Critical Muslim. As a senior officer at Arts Council England he helped devise the Arts and Islam programme that examines the links between religious practise, the arts and contemporary society www.artsandislam.com

The creed of Mahomet is free from suspicion or ambiguity; and the Koran is a glorious testimony to the Unity of God. The prophet of Mecca rejected the worship of idols and men, of stars and planets, on the rational principle that whatever rises must set, that whatever is born must die, that whatever is corruptible must decay and perish

Edward Gibbons - The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776-1788)

The first principle of reason and revolution was confirmed by the voice of Mahomet…the Unity of God is an idea most congenial to nature and reason

Edward Gibbons - The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776-1788)

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Working on Loyal Enemy has been a revelation to me. We aim to put brother Pickthall back into the limelight and before an audience where he truly belongs, before some right wing anti-Muslim thinktank nicks his name

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