Imranali Panjawani, the editor of the new volume, Shi'a of Samarra, talks on the 24th of May 2012 about a long forgotten people with a tragic history of persecution. Samarra is the home of a sacred Shi'a shrine, which was bombed in 2006 and subsequently reconstructed.
Expect an evening of frank responses and political anecdotes when veteran Labour politician Tony Benn will be talking about his life in politics and what he thinks about the changes in the Labour Party.
It’s more than a decade since Tony Benn - the longest serving MP in the history of the Labour party - retired from the House of Commons and famously announced that, after 50 years in Parliament, he was planning “to spend more time on politics.”
Sectarian relations between Sunnis and Shi'as in Iraq have undergone profound change since 2003. Perceptions of domination, empowerment and marginalization have been reversed amongst both groups with consequences for national and regional politics. In this presentation, the dynamics of sectarian relations and 'sectarianism' will be examined with a specific emphasis on the drivers of sectarian identity and the paradoxical nature of sectarian relations in Iraq.