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Muslim Institute one-day conference: Cultures of Intolerance


Saturday 28 Mar 2015, 10:00 — 17:30


Muslim Institute
CAN Mezzanine,
49-51 Old Street, London N1 6AH

The shockwave caused by the murders at Charlie Hebdo and the kosher supermarket in Paris in January by men claiming to represent al-Qaeda in Yemen continues to be felt.

The aftermath of the massacre saw millions march in France under the banner 'Je Suis Charlie' and troops deployed to guard synagogues. More recently, advocates of free speech and members of the Jewish community have been attacked in Copenhagen, resulting in two deaths. Three young Muslims in the US were attacked in a hate-fuelled shooting. These events have caused nothing but despair.

Muslim communities in France and across Europe face intensifying demands to shout louder their condemnation of atrocities carried out by terrorists who say they are Muslim and are defending Islam. Governments point to the threat of ISIL in Iraq and Boko Haram in Nigeria to justify sweeping anti-terror laws.

At this one day conference, the Muslim Institute will consider the complex issues arising from the brutal events of Paris and ask what constitutes freedom of speech, whether Muslim communities in Britain face a difficult future, how we arrived at this tragic state of affairs and what can be done.

The event will feature formidable, informed speakers such as Ziauddin Sardar, Merryl Wyn Davies, Manwar Ali (JIMAS), Sunny Hundal, Catherine Heseltine (MPACUK), Pavan Dhaliwal (British Humanist Association), Liz Fekete (IRR) and more.

Join us and be part of the debate.

Venue: CAN Mezzanine, 49-51 Old Street, London, N1 6AH

Tickets are £5 in advance via eventbrite and £10 on the door.

Admission is FREE for Muslim Institute Fellows who must register their attendance by emailing

Please note that unfortunately lunch will not be provided. There are, however, many cafes and eateries around Old Street roundabout, which is a couple of minutes walk from the venue.

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