SOAS University of London

Centre of Islamic Studies

SOAS - Nohoudh Muslim Integration Conference 2015: Engaging with the Discourse

THIS EVENT IS ARCHIVED
Convenor: Professor Muhammad Abdel Haleem (Director, CIS, SOAS) | Coordinators: Ni'ma Burney & Myriam François

Date: 5 November 2015Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 6 November 2015Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Conference

SOAS is delighted to host this conference on ‘Muslim Integration in Britain’, a collaboration between the Centre of Islamic Studies at SOAS and the Nohoudh Endowment for Development Studies. The Centre of Islamic Studies is an integral part of the School of Oriental and African Studies, and aims to promote scholarship and research in all areas of Islamic Studies. In addition to regular teaching and research, Centre activities include lectures and seminars, conferences, and occasional publications. The Nohoudh Endowment for Development Studies is an independent international trust, registered in the state of Kuwait, which seeks to engage with global issues facing Muslim cultures and societies. Nohoudh supports intellectual reform within Islamic thought via graduate study grants, international knowledge transfer partnerships and institutional links. This conference series has been funded by the generosity of Nohoudh.

The Muslim Integration in Britain Conference aims to address two crucial questions: what is integration?, and what is meant by Muslim integration in Britain? To this end, it aims to provide a forum for multidisciplinary research into the major issues at stake. Areas of discussion will include the historical context; integration and alienation; the role of national and international politics (civil and human rights, radicalisation and Islamophobia etc.) in the shaping of orientation and dis-orientation; normativity and diversity within the British Muslim community; and the framing of Muslim identities in Britain.

The conference panels have been organised to engage academics, government, civil society figures and media representatives with the aim to bridge the divide on all integration related issues. All panellists have been allocated 15 minute time slots and each panel session will be concluded with a 15–20 minute open Question and Answer session.

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SOAS - Nohoudh Muslim Integration Conference 2015: Engaging with the Discourse

Conference Programme

* The conference schedule will be updated continuously in the run up to the conference, please check this page regularly for any changes.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

09:00 Registration
09:20—09:30 Welcome address and Introduction
    Muhammad Abdel Haleem and Fahd al-Zumaei, Welcome
09:30   Muhammad Abdel Haleem, Integration from the Qur'anic Perspective
09:40   Ifath Nawaz, Shari`ah in the UK: Dispelling the Myths
09:50—10:05

 

Keynote Lecture: Trevor Phillips (Writer and broadcaster), Integration in the UK: A More British Muslim, A More Muslim Britain

10:10—11:40 ENGAGING WITH THE INTEGRATION DISCOURSE (CHAIR: Anthony Heath, University of Oxford)

 

 

Omar Khan, Integration and British Muslims: The Need for a Wider Agenda
Usama Hasan, Hurriyah, musawah, ukhuwwah: Islam and Discourses of Integration
David Goodhart, What Does Integration Look Like in a Liberal Society? Why Does it Matter? And is There a Special Muslim Issue with Integration?
Christopher Bagley, The Meaning of Integration in British and Dutch Cultures
Extended Question and Answer session
11:50—13.35 EXTREMISM & COUNTER EXTREMISM (CHAIR: David Goodhart, DEMOS)

 

 

Mohammed Aziz, The legal and non-legal counter-extremism initiatives during the New Labour years of 1997-2010 and their impact on the integration of Muslims in the UK
Rashad Ali, Extremism and Counter-extremism
Rizwaan SabirThe Quilliam Foundation as a Propaganda Resource in the UKCampaign Against Political Islam
Katherine Brown, Mothering and Caring for the State: Gender Logics in UK Countering Violent Extremism Programme
Waqas Tufail
, The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 and the Criminalisation of British Muslim
Extended Question and Answer session
14:35—16:05 EDUCATION AND GEOGRAPHIES OF DIVISION (CHAIR: Alison Scott-Baumann, SOAS)

 

 

Anthony Heath, ’The Relationship Between Religion And Poverty
Waqas Tufail, Rotherham, Rochdale and the Racialized Threat of the 'Muslim Grooming Gang'
Alyaa Ebbiary, Making Modern Mullahs in Britain
Hywel Jones, Integration and the Prevent Strategy: A Knowledge Based Approach
Extended Question and Answer session
16:25—18:10 NORMATIVITY & DIVERSITY: RACE, ETHNICITY & BELONGING (CHAIR: Amina Yaqin, SOAS)
    Ron Geaves, The Contemporary Relevance of a Nineteenth Century Muslim Community in Liverpool
Fatima Rajina, Dress and Language: A Critical Analysis ofthe Concept and the Process of Identity Construction within the British Bangladeshi Muslim Community in East London
Chris Allen, Tackling Extremism, Reinforcing Islamophobia? A critical analysis of New Labour and Coalition policies and discourse
Khadijah ElShayyal, How have the ‘soft-power’ type initiatives employed by the UK government’s securitisation agenda affected the identity of British Muslim young people and women?
Ashraf Hoque, TBC
Extended Question and Answer session

 
Friday, November 06, 2015

09:00 WELCOME BACK (Alison Scott-Baumann, SOAS, University of London)
09:10—09:25  

Keynote lecture: Fatima Manji (Journalist), A Journalist’s Insight into the Main Challenges Facing British Muslims

09:30—11:05 FRAMING MUSLIM IDENTITIES: MEDIA REPRESENTATION OF MUSLIMS & ISLAM (CHAIR: Fatima Manji, Journalist)
    Nafeez Ahmed, Muslims As Suspects - Why the Prevent Agenda is Demonising Dissent and Radicalising Communities
Sundas Ali, Muslims in the Media – Unraveling Preconceptions
Noureddine Miladi, The ‘Terrorism’ Frame: British Muslims and Islamophobia in the Media
Farrah Sheikh, Locating English Muslims, Racialisation and the Challenge of Whiteness
Extended Question and Answer session
11:25—13:10 FREE SPEECH, SELF EXPRESSION & SILENCING DISSENT (Chair: David Feldman, Birkbeck)
    Omar Salha, Diplomacy, Sport and Islam: Tackling Islamophobia through Faith and Football
Peter Morey, Framing Freedom
Shenaz Bunglawala, W(h)ither Liberty?
David Aaronovitch, Free Speech, Self Expression & Silencing Dissent
Katy Sian, Prevent(ing) free speech and dissent in Britain’s Universities’
Extended Question and Answer session
14:25—16:05 ISLAMIC FEMINISM, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY (CHAIR: Samia Bano, SOAS, University of London)
    Ziad Amir, Changing Perspectives on Muslim Polygamy: From Victorian Attitudes to Online Comments
Amra Bone, Islamic Marriage and Divorce in the British Context: Do shari`a Councils Reinforce Unacceptable Patriarchy in the Muslim Communities Or Are They In Fact An Essential Tool In The Liberation of Muslim Women?’
Shuruq Naguib, Gender, Religious Authority and Islamic Education in Britain
Amanullah De Sondy
, The Crisis of Islamic Masculinities
Extended Question and Answer session
16:20—18:00 INTEGRATION, WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY? MOVING THE CONVERSATION FORWARD (CHAIR: Myriam François, SOAS, University of London)
    Matthew Wilkinson, Our Way of Being British: A Philosophical Basis for Muslim Integration
Jørgen S. Nielsen, How European is the British Muslim experience? A comparative reflection
Aaqil Ahmed, TBC
David Feldman, A Model Minority?
Anthony Heath
, TBC 
Extended Question and Answer session
18.00–18:10   CLOSING REMARKS

Further Information

Registration (free) is required for this conference, visit Eventbrite to book your place.

The Centre of Islamic Studies will reimburse speakers for their standard travel expenses, and hotel accommodation and board will be provided for those coming from outside London when possible.

For further information on the conference:

For general enquiries, please contact the conference administrators at muslimintegration@soas.ac.uk

For academic enquiries only contact Professor M.A.S. Abdel Haleem at ha4@soas.ac.uk

Organiser: Centre of Islamic Studies, SOAS, University of London

Contact email: muslimintegration@soas.ac.uk

Sponsor: Nohdouh Endowment for Development Studies