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Winter Gathering 2016: Blessed are the Innovators


Friday 2 — Sunday 4 Dec 2016, 16:00 — 16:00


Sarum College
19 The Cl, Salisbury SP1 2EE


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Fellows and friends of the Muslim Institute are invited to book their places now for the Eighth Annual Muslim Institute Winter Gathering. This year the theme is 'Blessed are the Innovators'. Speakers and sessions will explore the extent to which innovation has enabled Islam and Muslims to flourish in diverse contemporary contexts.

As before our base is Sarum College, which offers friendly, comfortable accommodation in single, twin and double rooms, mostly en-suite, and all halal catering. The weekend - inclusive of accommodation, all meals and refreshments from registration at 4-6pm on Friday 2 December through to lunch on Sunday 4 December - is FREE for Fellows.


Non-Fellows will need to arrange and pay for their own accommodation, as well as pay a booking fee of £50.

We reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee of £50 as appropriate.

Prayer facilities will be available.

For further information and to secure your place please email [email protected]

Muslim Institute 8th Winter Gathering  

2nd – 4th December 2016

Sarum College, Salisbury

Theme: Blessed are the Innovators

Reporter/Poet in Residence: Hodan Yusuf-Pankhurst


Friday 2 December

4-6pm  Registration

7-8pm  Dinner

8-10pm  Opening Keynote: Blessed are the Innovators

Ehsan Masood, Chair of the Muslim Institute, will open this year’s Winter Gathering

Chair: Shanon Shah                              


Saturday, 3 December

9.30-11.00  A Master Muslim Heretic: Revisiting the Life and Works of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan

Professor Iftikhar H. Malik takes the long view of Syed Ahmed Khan, founder of the Aligarh Muslim University and a central figure in the quest for a Muslim modernism.

Chair: Raza Ali

11.00-11.30   Coffee Break

11.30-1pm     The Inclusive Mosque - crossing boundaries

Halima Gosai Hussain and Naima Khan – from the Inclusive Mosque Initiative – talk about the origins of the movement and what it means to provide an alternative to orthodox mainstream mosque structures.

Chair: Merryl Wyn Davies

1.00-2.00      Lunch

2.00-3.30      Being British: Islam and National Identity - bid'ah through the back door?

Professor Tahir Abbas will examine the ways in which contemporary debates about national identity may be re-defining Islam in the West into a secular 'enlightened' framework, and whether we should welcome or resist this process. 

Chair: Mohammed Abdul Aziz

3.30-4.00      Coffee Break 

4.00-5.30      Roundtable: Would you send your child to a Madrassa?

Scholar on race and religion in educational policy Dr Shamim Miah, with parents Waqar Ahmad and Syima Aslam, will discuss the pros and cons of the UK faith schools sector and the mosque after-school Qur’anic lessons experience.

7.00-8.00       Dinner

8.00-9.30       Saturday Night Culture: Mizan the Poet


Sunday, 4 December

9.30-11.00    What Would be Our Innovation?

This workshop will see delegates break out into groups to discuss their suggestions of what thought, tradition and practice in Islam we would innovate.  

Facilitator: Hassan Mahamdallie

11.00-11.15     Coffee Break

11.15-12.30     Wahhabism: defenders of the faith?  

Dr Usama Hasan will look at the religious roots of Wahhabism, and its contemporary impact on Islam and Muslims worldwide

Chair: Lucy V. Salek

12.30-1.00      Blessed are the Innovators

Our Reporter in Residence Hodan Yusuf-Pankhurst responds to the Winter Gathering.

Muslim Institute’s 2017 Programme and closing remarks.

1.00-2.00         Lunch & Departure


Prayer facilities will be available