As thousands converge in Potocari today for the funeral prayers of over 400 bodies and the 19th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, we are once again reminded of the lengths that man could potentially go to when immersed in a state of fear, hatred and division.
The Memorial Day puts to rest any naivety that the lessons of the past have not only been learned, but well and truly headed. Not only are human beings chronically capable of committing the most repugnant of acts against fellow human beings, regardless of the advancement of time, the catalysts for these crimes are invariably similar whatever the different and unique circumstances of each.
The Cordoba Foundation has been working tirelessly to raise awareness of the threat man poses against his fellow man, should particular conditions become established on the ground. Whether Srebrenica, Auswitz, Rwanda, Gaza, Kashmir, Myanmar or Somalia, and whether in the last century, this or the one coming, injustice establishes fear which breads suspicion and ultimately hatred. From there, the move on to violence is neither a difficult nor inconceivable step to undertake. Our objective is to work in common collaboration to remove the very initial elements on that tragic path, and to counter the root causes for clashes based on false and misguided understanding and implementation of the concepts of ‘self’ and ‘the other’.
The Srebrenica Memorial Day provides a timely reminder to us all of the challenges that can only be met in a sense of togetherness and community.
The Cordoba Foundation and Islamic Forum of Europe are issuing this special sermon from the Mufti of Bosnia Herzegovinia on this occasion
This issue of the Cordoba Papers addresses the Palestinian question from another and arguably unique angle. The whole question of Palestinian independence from an Islamic legal point of view is one that is very rarely posed, and even more so addressed adequately and thoroughly. Such an examination is crucial for the understanding of the question of Palestine for young academics, Palestinians, Muslims and others, keen on getting to grips with this issue away from the domination of the pure political narrative.
Ismail Adam Patel is an expert on this issue. His leadership for two decades of Friends of al-Aqsa; the leading UK organisation in education, information, campaigning, and advocacy on Palestine, as well as his own insights and understanding of the Islamic legal perspective on this complex issue, are invaluable to his excellent critique.
Arab Organisation for Human Rights and Palestine Solidarity Campaign
ISRAEL’S “ADMINISTRATIVE DETENTION” POLICY AND THE PLIGHT OF PALESTINIANS ON HUNGER STRIKE
Addressing the dire plight of nearly 200 Palestinians in Israeli jails on hunger strike (for over 50 days), protesting against their detention without charge or trial under Israel’s “administrative detention” policy. Shackled, tortured (including sexual), and poor treatment, many are on the verge of death.
This is a call to the international community to give voice to the voiceless and victims of human rights abuses in Israeli jails.
Tuesday 24 June, 2014
The British Library – 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
Nearest tubes: Kings Cross / Euston
Clare Short – Secretary of State for International Development, 1997- 2003.
Sir Gerald Kaufman – Member of Parliament
Toby Cadman – International Criminal Law Specialist.
Victoria Brittain – British journalist; author of Hidden Lives, Hidden Deaths and Death of Dignity.
Sarah Colborne – Director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Mohammed Jamil – Director, Arab Organisation for Human Rights (UK)
Monday 23 June, 20146:30pm – 9pmLondon Muslim Centre – The Seminar Room46 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1JX Nearest tube: Aldgate East or Whitechapel.
The recent May European elections saw dramatic gains by far-right parties across the continent, including outright fascists, Islamophobes and neo-Nazis. Join this timely seminar to discuss the immediate to long-term impact and consequences of the surge in the far-right on community relations. Could this be described as a one-off protest vote or a permanent trend leading to further racism, Islamophobia and a more divided society?
Professor Raphael Liogier – Sociologist and Philosopher, Director of the “Observatoire des Religions” (Observatory of the Religious Phenomenons), Raphaël Liogier is a fully tenured French University Professor at the Political Studies Institute of Aix-en-Provence (Sciences Po Aix) and teaches at the International College of Philosophy in Paris (Collège international de philosophie). He is Expert-Evaluator with the European Commission (FP: Framework Programmes in Humanities and Social Sciences) and a member of the Editorial Board of Social Compass: (International Review of Sociology of Religion). He is mainly working on belief systems, values, the theory of knowledge and cultural globalization, and he has recently produced extensive work on the rise of populism in Europe and the ideologies that sustain the anti-Muslim sentiment.
Alan Murray – President of the European Network on Religion and Belief (ENORB), and chairs the trustees of the All Faith and None (AFAN) programme. He was the Churches’ National Adviser on Further Education at the Archbishops Council from 2003-2008; a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Education at Kings College, London in 2008. He maintains a special interest in inter-faith work which he first developed working with Muslim colleagues whilst teaching in Algeria in the 1970s.
Shenaz Bunglawala – Head of Research at iEngage, which promotes engagement of British Muslims in British national life. She has taught undergraduate courses in political science at the LSE and King’s College, London. She sits on the Research Excellence Framework 2014 expert sub-panel for Theology and Religious Studies and advises on various AHRC/ESRC research projects. She is a Non-Resident Executive to the Razak School of Government in Malaysia and sits on the executive committee of Faith in Europe.
Dr Glyn Robbins – Chair of the United East End (UEE) coalition, which has been campaigning against Islamophobia and racism in Tower Hamlets, especially in response to threats from the English Defence League. He has over 20 years of experience in community work, housing, urban regeneration, the voluntary sector and defending public services. He has a doctorate from the London Metropolitan University.
The Cordoba Foundation convened a timely and important seminar at the Royal Overseas League, Green Park in London, which analysed the British Prime Minister’s decision to conduct a “review” into the Muslim Brotherhood in Britain. The seminar examined the motivations and the potential outcomes of the review.
A distinguished panel comprised of Lord Ken Macdonald QC, journalist Peter Oborne, Dr Maha Azzam, Chair of Egyptians for Democracy UK, Mona al-Qazzaz, Muslim Brotherhood spokeswoman and Dr Anas Altikriti, CEO of The Cordoba Foundation, addressed the topic from numerous angles and took questions from the floor.
The packed audience included academics, policy-makers, reporters and journalists, diplomats, campaigners, and faith and community leaders.
Discussion on the launch of a research paper by Imam Shafiur-Rahman undertaken for The Cordoba Foundation.
Professor John Esposito – Professor of International Affairs and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C; Director of the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim–Christian Understanding at Georgetown.
Dr Abdelwahab El-Affendi – Reader in Politics at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster and co-ordinator of the Centre’s Democracy and Islam Programme.
Imam Shafiur-Rahman – Director at Jibreel Institute in London, a qualified Management Consultant and an Islamic Studies teacher. He recently completed a comparative research project for The Cordoba Foundation, examining Islamic governance, Islamic Law and conflict resolution.
Monday 9th June 2014 6:30PM
Westminster Forum, University of Westminster, 32-38 Wells Street, London W1T 3UW. Nearest Tube: Goodge Street.