Critical Platform: The Arab Spring – Three Years On

Critical Platform: The Arab Spring – Three Years On

Since the start of the Arab Revolutions three years ago, the Middle East and North Africa has witnessed a kaleidoscope of dramatic developments. These range from free and fair elections to the violent suppression of change. important questions abound regarding the present and future scenarios such as addressing the festering crises in Egypt, Syria and elsewhere.

Join the timely seminar to explore further with the following experts:

  • Dr Maha Azzam – Associate Fellow, MENA Programme, Chatham House
  • Oliver McTernan – Director of Forward Thinking
  • Dr Omar Ashour – Lecturer in Middle East politics and director of the Middle East graduate studies program, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, Exeter Universty
  • Dr Anas Altikriti – CEO, The Cordoba Foundation


Date & Time: Thursday 20th March: 6.30pm-9pm

Venue: Queen Mary, University of London

Free Entry. All Welcome !!!

To register, please click here

Cordoba Seminars – 11th February 2014

Cordoba Seminars – 11th February 2014

The Cordoba Foundation & the Enough Coalition Against Islamophobia invite you to a roundtable as part of the Cordoba Seminar Series:

Title – European Muslims: Citizenship & Islamophobia

Speaker – Dr Konrad Pedziwiatr (Cracow University of Economics & Tischner European University, Krakow, Poland)

Venue: London Muslim Centre – Visitors Centre (46 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1X – closest tubes: Aldgate East / Whitechapel)

Date and Time: 11th February 2014, 5.45pm

Entrance is free, but spaces limited.  Booking is essential!!!

To make a booking please contact / 020 8991 3372

Book Launch: The Parameters of Halal and Haram in Shari’ah and the Halal Industry

Book Launch: The Parameters of Halal and Haram in Shari’ah and the Halal Industry

The subject of Halal and Haram, notably meat, and meat products, is of central importance to Muslims with growing focus on ethical aspects of meat production, food safety and cleanliness, and the welfare of animals demanding greater attention. But there is more to the Halal industry than simply meat. The issue of Hala touches many areas of Muslim life. Because the industry is driven by the market realities of supply and demand, better understanding of Islamic principles is vital.

Professor Hashim Kamali will be offering his unique insight and expertise (from Islamic jurisprudence) into this matter whilst sharing the Malaysian Experience.

Date & Time: 23rd September 2013, Doors open at 6.30pm

Venue: Initiatives of Change, 24 Greencoat Place, London, SW1P 1RD. Near Victoria Station (Please click here for a map and directions to the venue)


Please click here to book your place.

Commemoration: Marking the International Day of Peace

Commemoration: Marking the International Day of Peace

The UN International Day of Peace is marked in September each year.

This year local schools, churches, synagogues, temples, gudwaras and community organisations will all be marking this day.

We invite you to attend this day and to exchange messages of peace

Lecture: Global Religious Wisdom, International Law and Conflict

Lecture: Global Religious Wisdom, International Law and Conflict

The Cordoba Foundation and the Association of Sri Lankan Lawyers in the UK cordially invite you to an evening lecture given by the prominent Sri Lankan Judge and  peace activist , Judge Weeramantry (former vice president of the International Court of Justice, The Hague) and author of many books including one on Islamic Jurisprudence.  (Invite attached)

Date : 4th September 2013

Venue : BPP Law School (Holborn) 68-70 Red Lion Street, London WC1R 4NY

Please note that this is a ticketed event (£10 professionals / £7 students) and must be paid to the Association of Sri Lankan lawyers

Trip: Delegation to Bosnia-Herzegovina

Trip: Delegation to Bosnia-Herzegovina

The Cordoba Foundation will be leading a delegation of British Muslims to Bosnia-Herzegovina this year, from 24th-30 September 2013. The trip is part of ongoing work by The Cordoba Foundation in Bosnia, namely raising awareness around the massacre in Srebrenica and supporting specific projects.

In this trip we will be accompanied by a distinguished South African scholar, Shaykh Ebrahim Bham. Shaykh ham has served in various capacities in South Africa at Newtown Islamic Institute, Al-Aqsa Institute, and the Mayfair Jameand Hamidiamosques.

Presently the chief theologian and general-secretary of the Council of Muslim Theologians in Johannesburg, South Africa,ShaykhBham is an executive member of National Religious Leaders Forum; executive member of Muslim AIDS Programme (MAP); national trustee of Moral Regeneration Movement; and a leading figure within the United‘Ulama Council of South Africa (UUCSA).

1.    Observe how Bosnian Muslims have responded and are recovering from the long years of war, destruction and ethnic-cleansing.
2.    Discuss and exchange ideas and thoughts about the Muslim experience in Europe and future scenarios.
3.    Support specific fundraising projects.
4.    Raise greater awareness of the genocide.

Conference: Setting the Agenda – A New Vision and Voice for Diaspora in the UK

Conference: Setting the Agenda – A New Vision and Voice for Diaspora in the UK

BUILD (Building Understanding through International Links for Development) and its partners including The Cordoba Foundation (TCF) cordially invite you to a crucial meeting:

Setting the Agenda: A New Vision and Voice for Diaspora in the UK

Date & Place: Saturday 7 September 2013, Birmingham

The purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity to highlight the role and contribution of diaspora organisations and communities to British life and enable our diverse voices to be amplified and heard.

This is a unique and much needed space for communities to come together and articulate a new and positive  vision of diversity in the present challenging climate.

Background to the meeting

Over the past two years BUILD has organized a series of consultations with representatives of  diaspora groups particularly from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean in Edinburgh, Sheffield, Wolverhampton, Bristol, London and Cardiff under the title “Building on UK Diaspora International Partnerships” (BUKDIP).

The purpose of these consultations was to explore how we could build on the links that representatives of the diaspora have with their home communities and broaden those links out to involve schools, hospitals and the wider community.

During the course of the consultations it became clear that participants were concerned with a much broader agenda.

Key questions emerging were:

1.    “How can we get better access to UK policy makers (politicians)?”

2.    “How can we help UK policy makers to understand the particular contribution that the diaspora make to British society and some of the particular problems facing people from ethnic minorities?”

3.    “How can we collaborate with policy makers in UK particularly in the area of development in our countries of origin?”

These questions will be addressed at the September meeting which will help us to shape a new and positive and forward-looking agenda.

Propagation of findings

BUILD will propagate its findings through  two crucial forums in which to promote and influence debate and decision makers.

Firstly, BUILD is the convenor /facilitator of an all-party parliamentary group (APPG) “Connecting Communities” which gives us access to parliamentarians, both in the House of Commons and in the House of Lords and we have held many meetings to discuss issues around linking communities here and in the South.

Secondly , we are a Commonwealth accredited organisation and have attended the Commonwealth People’s Forums at the Heads of Government meetings in Brisbane, Malta, Kampala and Trinidad and Tobago as well as Education Ministers’ meetings in Cape Town and Kuala Lumpur. We will be present at the next Commonwealth People’s Forum in Sri Lanka in December of this year and have an opportunity for our voice to be heard by Commonwealth leaders.

In addition we hope that the outcomes of the meeting will be taken up by the media and inform policy and actions of politicians and decision makers, and influence the discourse on immigration and migration.

We hope you will be able to join us and add your voice to the shaping of a shared agenda  and ways forward.

Your thoughts and advice will be compiled into a report which we anticipate will attract considerable interest in the media and will be presented face to face to national and Commonwealth leaders and politicians and will bring about change.

Attendance is by application only.

Please let us know if you can attend by completing and returning the attached form. When you apply we will give you details of the programme for the day and other administrative matters.

Please send the form to the following address:

There will be no fee for attending.

For more information, please contact BUIL:
Tel:  01672 861001

Forum: Re-thinking the ‘Muslim Community’

Forum: Re-thinking the ‘Muslim Community’

A critical reflection on the challenges of community building.

“…what is our community going to look for 10, 20 or even a 100 years from now? It’s about creating spaces that allow the core to be normal, and the normal to be core.” – Usama Canon

At the heart of our rapidly changing world, the very notion of community is evolving; and, like most of the world, at the heart of Muslim communities is an increasingly disenfranchised generation. What are the challenges of inspiring and instituting a communal spirit in our ever more inter-connected world? How best can we prepare the next generation of Muslims who inherit a world fraught with difficulties on every level?

The Leaf Network in association with Human Appeal presents in partnership with The Cordoba Foundation, City Circle, Beyond Boundaries, Faith Regen Foundation, Radical Middle Way, National Zakat Foundation and Rumi’s Cave:

A panel discussion reflecting on the very notion of what the Muslim community is and what we can do to help shape and move it in the best direction possible.

This interactive event seeks to specifically target change-makers, community leaders, activists and those involved in grassroots organisations. It will be a unique opportunity to critically evaluate where we are headed as a Muslim community and learn from best practice around the world.


  • Keynote address by Usama Canon (USA) (Founding Director of Ta’leef Collective, California)
  • Dr Husna Ahmad (Secretary General of the World Muslim Leadership Forum)
  • Farooq Murad (Secretary General of Muslim Council of Britain)
  • Muddassar Ahmed (CEO of Unitas Communications)
  • Dr Anas Altikriti (CEO of The Cordoba Foundation)


Date and time:  Saturday 10th August 2013, 1:00pm doors open for prompt 1:30pm start – (concludes 4:30 pm)

Venue: Al Manaar, The Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre,
244 Acklam Road, London, W10 5YG

(Nearest Tube Station: Westbourne Park – Hammersmith & City Line).

Please click here for a map and directions to get there


Tickets: Click here  to RESERVE TICKETS

(please note we would not like anyone to be restricted in coming thus we offer a concessionary rate ticket for those under financial hardship. Should this not suffice, please get in touch and we’ll gladly arrange something on a case by case basis)

**Places are strictly limited, please reserve your place ASAP**

We sincerely hope you will be able to attend this distinctive gathering and bless us with your presence, insights and contributions. Please do let us know if you have any questions or queries.