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Muslim Institute one-day conference: The Spiritual Crisis of Our Times


Saturday 30 Apr 2016, 09:00 — 17:00


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


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In a world increasingly marked by apathy, parochialism, rampant consumerism and extremism, the Muslim Institute asks whether we are witnessing a spiritual crisis of our times. 

Speakers will look at the once-thriving influence of spirituality that still exists in Muslim communities and explore whether the reclamation of the spiritual heart of Islam can not only regenerate such communities from within but also play a part in enabling wider society to recover its own soul.



9.15am Registration

9.40am Introduction by Samia Rahman, Deputy Director, Muslim Institute

9.45-11.15am Whose Spiritual Crisis?

Are Muslims in spiritual crisis, obsessed with ritual conformism and outward piety, and to what extent does this malaise extend across wider society?

Speakers: Farouk A Peru, Fatimah Ashrif, Rishi Handa

Chair: Samia Rahman

11.15-11.30am BREAK

11.30-1pm Spiritual Crises in History and in Contemporary Times

How have communities dealt with spiritual crises throughout Islamic history and does our globalised world pose unique challenges?

Speakers: Shuruq Naguib (Lancaster University), Luqman Ali (Khayaal Theatre)

Chair: Shanon Shah (Deputy Editor, Critical Muslim)

1-2pm BREAK

2-3.30pm Can Communities Heal?

Youth workers, counsellors and grassroots activists will discuss the work that is being done to heal society and restore spiritual wellbeing.

Speakers: Hana Qureshi (The Leaf Network), Yasmin Ishaq (Islam Rotherham), Halima Gosai Hussain (Inclusive Mosque Initiative)

Chair: Hassan Mahamdallie (Director, Muslim Institute)

3.30-3.45pm BREAK

3.45-5pm Shamim Miah (University of Huddersfield) in Conversation with Merryl Wyn Davies (Muslim Institute)

Shamim Miah will discuss the nature and extent of the spiritual crisis affecting Muslim communities in Britain. He will draw on his research into the Trojan Horse saga, Prevent policy and Oldham grooming scandal to explore whether this spiritual crisis is all it seems.

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

Tickets: £5 in advance or £10 on arrival. Click here to book.

Admission is FREE for Muslim Institute Fellows

For further information contact [email protected]