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Muslim Institute Eighth Annual Ibn Rushd Lecture 2023: Professor Alex Callinicos: 'The Muslim World in the New Age of Catastrophe’. Tuesday 4 July 2023


Tuesday 4 Jul 2023, 18:00 — 21:00


: The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT (Nearest tube: Holborn or Russell Square).
Madinah Javed (reciter of the Qur'an) and Alex Callinicos (Emeritus Professor of European Studies at King’s College London)

Fellows and friends of the Muslim Institute are requested to RSVP via the e-invite, or register via [email protected], along with numbers of any guests they wish to bring.  This is to calculate numbers for the buffet. 

Our lecture will begin with a recitation from the Qur'an by Madinah Javed. 

The world is entering a new age of catastrophe. The exceptional is becoming the normal. Humankind, including the Muslim ummah, faces existential threats – pandemics, accelerating climate change, eruptions of racisms including Islamophobia, the biggest war on European soil since 1945. Professor Alex Callinicos will argue that that these threats have a common source in a multidimensional crisis of the global capitalist system that threatens societal collapse. What is to be done? And what role can we play as members of society and as critical freethinking Muslims? Come to this year’s Ibn Rushd lecture and take part in perhaps the most important debate of our times. 

Alex Callinicos is Emeritus Professor of European Studies at King’s College London. He also taught Politics for many years at the University of York. His most recent books include The New Mandarins of American Power (2003), Imperialism and Global Political Economy (2009), Deciphering Capital: Marx’s Capital and Its Destiny (2014) and The Routledge Handbook of Marxism and Post-Marxism (2021; co-edited with Stathis Kouvelakis and Lucia Pradella). His most recent book is The New Age of Catastrophe, published in 2023 by Polity Press. He writes a weekly column for Socialist Worker. Twitter @alex_callinicos

Madinah Javed is a Scottish trainee lawyer, community activist and Qari’ah - a reciter of the Qur’an. She has given Qur'an recitations all over the world. Madinah launched a global trailblazing campaign in 2017, aimed at raising public awareness of Muslim women's voices - in the tradition of recitation but also more broadly. Madinah has presented her research on women and the recited Qur’an at Yale University, Washington University in St. Louis, and at the University of Edinburgh. Madinah is actively involved in the Andalus Community Hub and Beacon Institute for Islamic Learning and Research in Scotland. Twitter: @madinahjaved

Ibn Rushd (1126 - 1198) was a master of philosophy, theology, law and jurisprudence, astronomy, geography, mathematics, medicine, physics and psychology. He is seen as one of the founders of secular thought in Western Europe, where his school of philosophy is known as Averroism. In the Muslim world, he is known largely for his defence of philosophy from theological attacks, particularly by scholastic theologian al-Ghazali (1058-1111). Today, all over the world, streets, statues and postage-stamps commemorate the life and works of one of the most important philosophers of all time.

6.00 - 6.15pm - Registration
6.15 - 6.20pm - Recitation from the Qur'an: Qari’ah Madinah Javed. Introduction by Hassan Mahamdallie, Director, Muslim Institute
6.20 - 7pm - Lecture by Professor Alex Callinicos
7- 7.55pm - Q&A with Muslim Institute fellows and guests
7.55 - 8pm - Closing remarks by Mufti Barkatulla (Chair of Trustees of Muslim Institute).
8pm – Refreshments and buffet. 

Bookstall by Beacon Books.