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: nick@build-online.org.uk

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.


Iftar and Film Launch: Polish Muslims: An Unexpected Meeting

Iftar and Film Launch: Polish Muslims: An Unexpected Meeting

The Cordoba Foundation & the Embassy of Poland in London will host the film launch of ‘Polish Muslims: An Unexpected Journey’ on the 18th of July.

The documentary focuses on building bridges in a multi-cultural society and poses three central questions:

1) Who are the Muslims in Poland?

2) How do they perceive their belonging to the Polish Society?

3) What issues affect them most?


This event is by invitation only.

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

Consultation on Participatory Governance in the Context of the Post 2015 Development Agenda for the Asian Region

18-19 July, 2013
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Organized by Third World Network in collaboration with the Commonwealth Foundation

The Cordoba Foundation is providing resource people for the event


1. To gain a deeper understanding of the expertise, strengths and comparative advantages
of existing and potential partners in the Asian Region
2. To gain a deeper understanding of the issues, gaps, opportunities and leadership in
participatory governance in the Asian Region
3. To develop a regional snapshot of the MDG priorities for acceleration and post 2015
framework building
4. To facilitate the identification of regional priorities on participatory governance and

Roundtable: The Roles of Regional State and Non-State Players and the Implications for US Afghan Withdrawal and Beyond

The Cordoba Foundation is supporting the Institute of Islamic Strategic & Socio-Political Affairs in a series of roundtables examining the Us-Afghan Withdrawal Program

The event will discuss the following questions:

  What is  the  Pakistani  army’s  current  and  future  Afghan  policy  and  how  does  it  impact  upon  the  US  withdrawal from Afghanistan and its aftermath?
  The allegations towards the ISI: Facts, fictions, implications?
  The Pakistani army and US army and intelligence relations?
  What may be the new power structure in 2014 Afghan presidential elections and  how will the Pashtun  people be represented?
  How will cross-border movements over the Durand line affect the post-2014 security situation?
  What is the current state of play regarding armed groups (Haqqani network, LeJ, LeT, TTP, Al Qaeda etc.)  in the Afghan-Pakistan borderlands?
  In what way might we expect the dynamics of these armed groups operating in FATA to change following  the Coalition’s withdrawal and the 2014 Afghan elections?

The event will be held on the 3rd of July and is by invitation only.

The event will be held under Chatham House Rules

High-Level Roundtable on Peace Processes, Conflict and Humanitarian Needs in Myanmar.

This is a closed-door High-Level Roundtable on peace processes, conflict and humanitarian needs in Myanmar.

The event will be held on Tuesday, 2 July.

The roundtable aims to facilitate a high-level policy dialogue on three pressing interrelated issues: the ethnic peace process; the crisis in Rakhine State; and the Buddhist-Muslim violence in Myanmar and the wider ASEAN region. It will bring together government representatives, representatives of the donor community, policy-makers and humanitarian agencies currently involved in Myanmar.

This first section of this roundtable will seek to provide a forum to discuss the ongoing peace processes throughout Myanmar. Speakers, including Charles Petrie (Coordinator of the Myanmar Peace Support Initiative) will share progress made, but also the challenges that remain.

Rushanara Ali MP (Labour Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow and Shadow Minister for International Development) will speak on her recent visit to Rakhine State and her views on how the international community should respond to the crisis. Melanie Teff (Senior advocate, European representative, Refugees International) and Chris Lewa (Founder and coordinator, The Arakan Project) will then present their research findings and analysis on the situation in Rakhine State, followed by an in-depth discussion of possible strategies to address both the humanitarian crisis as well as the root causes of the conflict.

Finally, the roundtable will cover the spread of violence between Burmese Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar and spill over into the wider region, particularly in Malaysia and Indonesia. Other speakers at the roundtable will include Oliver Lacey-Hall (Head, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific at UN OCHA), Kyaw Win (Secretary of the Burmese Muslim Association) and Dr Jemilah Mahmood (ODI Council Member).

The meeting will be hosted by the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) and co-organised with Refugees International, Muslim Charities Forum and The Cordoba Foundation.

The discussion will be held under the Chatham House Rule and participation is by invitation only.

For more information, please click here

Malaysia Forum: Plight of Muslims in Myanmar in the 21st Century: An Initiative for Solution and the Way Forward

Malaysia Forum: Plight of Muslims in Myanmar in the 21st Century: An Initiative for Solution and the Way Forward

The Need For the Protection And Security of Muslims in Myanmar Is  very  important and hence effective advocacy and campaigning are very much needed to support their fundamental human rights, human security and human dignity in the spirit of achieving peace and harmony.


– To Focus On Sectarian Violence, Segregation, Displacement, Forcible Expulsions And Intolerance Against Muslim Minorities In Myanmar;

– To Create A Better Atmosphere For  Exiles With A View To Develop Sympathetic Treatment For The Victims Of Genocide And Humiliations;

– To Exert Effective Pressure On The Burmese Authorities To Stop The Maltreatment And Violence Against The Muslims Of Myanmar And To Ensure Their  Rights Of Citizenship And Human Dignity Are Respected.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

09:30am  –  02:00pm

Conference Hall, IAIS Malaysia [click for location map]

Main Organisers:
International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia
Rohingya Arakanese Refugee Committee (RARC)
Burma Muslim Community (BMC)

Event Partners:
International Movement For A Just World (JUST)
Muslim Youth Movement Of Malaysia (ABIM)
Malaysian Youth Council (MBM)
Persatuan Mahasiswa Islam Universiti Malaya (PMIUM)
Jaringan Anak Muda (JAM)
Institute for Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR)
The Cordoba Foundation (TCF)
The Diplomatic Institute of the State of Qatar (TDI)
Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMMF)

Media Partners:
Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM)
TV Al-Hijrah
Al-Jazeera International
The Arakan Observer Group
Rohingya Vision TV
Sinar Harian
Aswaq Magazine
Amilin TV

Keynote Address by YABhg Tun Abdullah Hj Ahmad Badawi, Patron Of IAIS Malaysia And Former Prime Minister Of Malaysia

Opening Speech by Professor Dr. Mohammad Hashim Kamali, Founding Chairman & CEO, IAIS Malaysia

Moderator – Associate Professor Dr. Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil, Deputy CEO, IAIS Malaysia

Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, President, International Movement For A Just World (JUST)
Dr. Maung Zarni, Fellow, Department Of History, Faculty Of Arts & Social Sciences, University Of Malaya
Mr. Mohammad Sadek, Program Coordinator, Rohingya Arakanese Refugee Committee (RARC)
Mr. Saw Clo Say, Special Advisor, Burma Muslim Community
Mr. Mohamad Raimi Bin Ab Rahim, Secretary General, Muslim Youth Movement Of Malaysia (ABIM)