UK: Public forum - 29 June - the challenges of political Islam

AWAAZ - South Asia Watch
The horror of the London bombings raises critical questions for all of us. What are the root causes of this tragedy and what role did political Islam play in these events? Is political Islam an inevitable reaction to the “Global War on Terror”?
The Government reaction to 7/7 has been deemed draconian. Do these policies spell the end of multiculturalism or a plural civil society? Awaaz has brought together a unique cross section of speakers, including key academics, political, antiracist & women activists, to address these vital issues.
6.45pm – 9.00pm, Thursday 29 JUNE 2006
Khalili Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG
Nearest Tubes: Russell Square, Euston Square, Tottenham Court Rd. & Warren St.

Key themes include:
  • The nature of the networks of ‘political Islam’ in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
  • The sustained assaults on human rights and civil liberties undertaken during the so-called ‘war on terror’
  • Rebuilding diverse, secular spaces in the face of the rise of the religious right in Britain.
  • The implications of ‘political Islam’ for human rights, and women’s rights in particular.
Speakers include:

Dr. Ghayasuddin Siddiqui – Muslim Parliament
Cassandra Balchin – Women Living Under Muslim Laws
Masjaliza Hamza – Sisters in Islam
Ansar Ahmed Ullah – International Forum for Secular Bangladesh
Irfan Mustafa – Indian Muslim Federation
Dr. Chetan Bhatt - Goldsmiths College
Suresh Grover – The Monitoring Group