Practicing Islam: Expressions Of Faith In The Public Space

The Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies (TIMES) Post Graduate Forum, in collaboration with the National Association of Muslim Police (NAMP) has organised a one-day conference on the implications of expressing Islam in the public space.

This one-day conference offers security personnel and public sector practitioners the opportunity to explore and understand how expressions of Islam within the public domain can be interpreted by wider society.  How they affect social governances and social cohesion.

The impact of ‘Islamism’ is increasingly being felt by communities across Europe.  In the decade since the 7/7 bombings there has been a steady increase in the number of actual and attempted attacks against European targets.  The increase in ‘Islamism’ is arguably leading to a social displacement of Muslim communities within the UK as measures to counter terrorism are seeing disproportionate numbers of Muslims being referred to security services.   Often the grounds for referral raises questions over how expressions of faith and Islam in particular within the public space are perceived and interpreted.

This conference explores how expressions of Islam within the public space, in the current climate, impact upon governances within the personal, social and professional spheres.

Tickets can be purchased here.

Chair:  Professor Jorgen Nielsen from the University of Birmingham.

Guest Speakers:

·       Professor Modood is the founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship at the University of Bristol. He was awarded an MBE for services to social sciences and ethnic relations in 2001 and was elected a member of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2004. He served on the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain, the National Equality Panel, and the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life. His latest books include Multiculturalism: A Civic Idea (2nd ed; 2013); and as co-editor Multiculturalism and Interculturalism: Debating the Dividing Lines (2016).

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·       Dr McDonald is the director of ConnectJustice, an independent social enterprise which seeks to develop community led solutions to social justice through trust building and collaboration between communities, civil society and state actors.  Dr McDonald has served as a visiting lecturer at the University of Birmingham and the Cambridge Muslim College where she specializes in Islam, gender and representation.

·       Dr Siddiqui is a Reader in Religious Pluralism and Inter-Faith Relations at the Markfield Institute of Higher Education where he was also the Director of the Institute from 2001 to 2008. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Gloucestershire and a Visiting Fellow at York St. John’s University. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World at the University of Edinburgh. He was founder President and Vice Chair of the ‘Christian Muslim Forum’ in England, and a founder member of the Leicester Council of Faiths.

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