2014 public lectures
Listings and videos of our seminar series in 2014.
Professor Mona Siddiqui
Friendship and Hospitality – challenge or route to integration?
11 February 2014
Professor John Eade
Plural Identities and the Islamisation of Public Space in Britain
18 February 2014
Muslim Family Life in Britain: Between Ideals and Reality
25 February 2014
Mike Kavanagh and Ahtsham Ali
Muslims in Prison: Breaking the Myths” Between Ideals and Reality”
4 March 2014
Mike Kavanagh has been an Anglican Priest for 25 years. He presently works as Head of Chaplaincy for the National Offender Management Service with oversight of multifaith chaplaincy teams in prisons across England and Wales. Mike also ministers as part of a team looking after a parish in a multicultural area of Sheffield where he is married to the Vicar. He worked as part of the multifaith team at HMP Full Sutton before moving to work at HQ and has been involved in developing the faith-informed reintegration programme, Belief in Change.
Ahtsham Ali is currently Muslim Adviser for Her Majesty’s Prison Service. During the 1990s he was a Youth Worker/Teacher working with disaffected youths, and a member of Young Muslims UK and Islamic Society of Britain. He contributed to The Cantle Report as part of the Community Cohesion Review Team, analysing the 2001 Northern disturbances.
Casting Islam – UK television and the Muslim narrative
11 March 2014
Navid Akhtar FRSA is the Executive Director of Gazelle Media, a production company that specializes in content about Muslim communities. Navid has worked in mainstream British television for over 22 years and is an award-winning journalist and documentary maker.
Mufti Bilal Syed and Maulana Dr Mansur Ali
A day in the life of an Imam in Cardiff: Mufti Bilal in conversation with Mansur Ali
18 March 2014
Bilal Syed, born and raised in the UK, initially studied the Islamic sciences in darul uloom Bolton, an institute of Islamic education. The seven-year syllabus included Arabic language and various other traditional Islamic sciences including Qur’anic exegesis (tafsir), Hadith and Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence). On completion he travelled to Pakistan to further his studies and received authorisations in various sciences and in issuing fatawa (religious verdicts). In the past five years he has been serving the community in Cardiff as an imam.
Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam
The Role of a Mufti in Modern Society
25 March 2014
Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari is a traditionally-trained Islamic scholar of the Arabic language and various other Islamic disciplines including Qur’anic exegesis, Hadith, Islamic law and the science of issuing religious verdicts (Fatwa), in different parts of the world including the UK, Pakistan and Syria. He is a lecturer on the various traditional Islamic sciences, and Director and researcher at the Institute of Islamic Jurisprudence (Darul Iftaa).