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Muslims in Britain

06 October 2010

© Peter Sanders www.artofintegration.co.uk© Peter Sanders www.artofintegration.co.uk

The important contribution that Muslims have made to Britain’s rich cultural diversity is to be celebrated in an event at the University.

Held on Saturday 9 October 2010, The Art of Integration: Muslims in Britain is a joint initiative between the University’s Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK and the Muslim Council of Wales.

An exhibition by award winning photographer Peter Sanders and a book launch by Dr Sophie Gilliat-Ray of the Centre will give a snapshot of some of the ways that Muslims have enriched the country’s intellectual and cultural landscape.

Speaking about the event, Dr Gilliat-Ray said: "This event represents a wonderful opportunity for people to see the positive and enduring contribution Muslims living in Britain have made and continue to make to our society as a whole. Guests will also have a chance to see some of the groundbreaking research which is leading to a clearer understanding of the lives of Muslims in Britain."

‘The Art of Integration: Islam in our Green and Pleasant Land’ has been exhibited in more than 30 countries around the world and poetically documents Muslim life in the United Kingdom.

Dr Sophie Gilliat-Ray’s new book Muslims in Britain: an Introduction, recently published by Cambridge University Press, traces the major points of encounter between Muslims and the British, shedding fresh light on contemporary issues such as the nature of religious authority and representation.

The event will be introduced by Saleem Kidwi OBE General Secretary of the Muslim Council of Wales and the guest speaker will be Dr Abdalla Yassin Mohamed OBE, Director of the Islamic Social Support Association Wales.

Signed copies of Dr Gilliat-Ray’s book, as well as Peter’s book The Art of Integration will be available to buy and there will also be an exhibition of recent and current research projects at the Islam-UK Centre, along with stalls by local Muslim organisations.

The event is free and open to members of the public – anyone wanting to attend should register by emailing events-islamcentre@cardiff.ac.uk

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