Panel Discussion: Islam in a Secular Europe

Friday 16th September 2011View page

6:30pm for 7:00pm start

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Does the religious freedom of Muslims in Europe depend on secularism?

Are veil and burkha bans secularist or counter-secularist?

What should the relationship be between sharia rules and secular law?

Should the state fund Islamic schools if it funds Christian ones?

Can secularism admit any limitations on freedom of expression in religious matters?

Is there a clash of cultures between European values and Islamic ones?

About the Chair

Rashad Ali, former leading counter-Secular propagandist for Hizb Ut Tahrir in World Affairs Journal, lectured and taught in Saudi Arabia and has an interest in Islam related issues.

He was also involved with non-violent extreme political parties for several years, after being indoctrinated by Hizb ut-Tahrir.

He subsequently renounced Islamist extreme political ideas for a more traditional version of Islam that he believes promotes harmony and tolerance.

About the panel

Yahya Birt is the Commissioning Editor at Kube Publishing, which publishes books on Muslim history, current affairs, biography, poetry, books for young people as well as on religious topics. He has written over a dozen academic articles on aspects of Muslim life in Britain. He recently co-edited British Secularism and Religion: Islam, Society and the State.

Sir David Blatherwick, Diplomat, writer and distinguished supporter of Humanism. Sir David joined the Foreign Office in 1964 and served in London, Kuwait, Dublin, Cairo, Belfast, UK Mission to the UN, and New York. He has also held the post of Principal Finance Officer and Chief Inspector, Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland, and Ambassador to Egypt, and is currently a Trustee for the British University in Egypt.

Humeira Iqtida, lecturer at King’s College London and author of Secularising Islamists? Jamaat-e-Islami and Jamaat-ud-Dawa in Pakistan, University of Chicago Press, 2011.

Maleiha Malik, Professor in Law at King’s College London. She currently teaches courses in Jurisprudence and Legal Theory, Discrimination Law and European Law.

Maryam Namazie is a well-known and vociferous critic of political Islam and commentator on women’s rights, violence against women, cultural relativism, secularism, Humanism, religion, and Islam. In 2005 she was the National Secular Society’s Secularist of the Year and she is an NSS Honorary Associate. She was elected one of Elle Quebec’s top 45 women in 2007, and her blog has been rated in the top 100 atheist blogs.

Member ticket: £5 for members of the British Humanist Association, AHS, South Place Ethical Society, or Central London Humanist Group.

Non-member ticket: £10


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