Spread across a chain of thousands of islands between Asia and Australia, Indonesia has the world’s largest Muslim population and Southeast Asia’s biggest economy and can claim to be one of the earlier pioneers of an Islamic democracy. Suffering badly from the Asian economic crisis of the 1990s, Indonesia has been largely silent on the international scene, slowing buidling back.
A devastating tsunami in 2004 provided an opportunity for Indonesia to pave the way towards settling some of the internal conflicts that had been affecting it.
In the wake of the numerous changes happening in the Middle East, much is being made about the rise of Islamic Democracy. Indonesia has a role to play in developing the arguments on this.
Join us for an interesting roundtable discussion on ‘ The Role of Indonesia in a Changing Muslim World’
Speaker – Dr Nurhayati Ali Assegaf
DATE: Wed 7th November 2012.
TIME: 1.15pm (lunch will be served)
PLACE: Room 306, 3rd Floor, London Muslim Centre , 46 Whitechapel Road, London E1. (Nearest tube: Aldgate East / Whitechapel )
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The Middle East Monitor & the Cordoba Foundation cordially invite you to:
Book Launch – The Battle for Public Opinion in Europe
Tim Llewellyn, former BBC Middle East Correspondent
Seamus Milne, Guardian Columnist and Associate Editor
Jackie Rowland, Al Jazeera Correspondent
Chaired by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (The Independent)
Date: Thursday 18th October 2012
Time: Start 6.45pm (Light refreshments and registration at 6.15pm)
Venue: Senate House, Chancellor’s Hall, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU
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Following the insulting and provocative American film, “Innocence of Muslims”, the French media added fuel to the fire of by publishing offensive cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Left-wing alt-weekly Charlie Hebdo ran cartoons that depicted a naked, turbaned Prophet in profoundly racist and offensive ways. To make matters worse, French interior minister Manuel Valls announced that demonstrations against Islamophobia would be officially banned and that “any incitement to hatred must be fought with the greatest firmness”.
The discussion will focus on the current surge in anti-Muslim propaganda in the media in Europe and beyond.
Date and time: Wednesday 3rd October, 2012 – 6pm
Venue: London Muslim Centre, 46 Whitechapel Road, London E1. (Nearest tube: Aldgate East/ Whitechapel)
Marwan Muhammad is a member of the Collective Against Islamophobia on France, which helps victims of Islamophobic crimes as well as monitors and collates information on Islamophobia and racism. Muhammad is a statistician by profession and author of ‘Foul Express’. He recently appeared on a CNN debate, following nude cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad published by the French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
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Supported by London Muslim Centre and The Cordoba Foundation
Enough Coalition Against Islamophobia is a network of groups and individuals who came together to campaign against Muslim racism in Britain.
The Cordoba Foundation invites you to its Cordoba Seminars series:
Title – Citizenship and the Accountability of Governments
Speaker – Professor Hashim Kamali, CEO of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies.
Prof Kamali will be speaking on his latest book ‘Citizenship and Accountability of Government: An Islamic Perspective’ which is the final volume in a series on fundamental rights and liberties in Islam.
Copies of the book will be available on the night to purchase.
Venue: The Seminar Suite, Level 4, The London Muslim Centre
Date and time: 25th September 2012, 5.45pm
Entrance is Free. Limited spaces
A Provocative Look at the State of Muslim Culture Today
26 Willesden Lane
7.00 pm – 9:30 pm
Nearest Stations (Kilburn, Kilburn Park, Kilburn High Road)
What is the state of Muslim arts and culture – cutting edge and innovative, or boring and dull?
Is there a need to define to a British or American Islam? How do we represent Islam on screen, on stage, through novels and in poetry?
Doesn’t staging the ummah mean we are just selling a “safe” version Islam to the chattering classes?
Join us as we talk to award-winning playwright and author Wajahat Ali about the state of Muslim arts and culture today – and whether the project of defining a culturally relevant Islam for our times is even worth pursing.
FREE – but space is limited, so let us know you are coming!
Supported by the Radical Middle Way, The Leaf Network, The Cordoba Foundation and Rumi’s Cave.
Wajahat Ali – playwright, author, journalist and attorney – is a Muslim American of Pakistani descent and is the author of the acclaimed play, The Domestic Crusaders, which premiered in 2005 at the Thrust Stage of the Berkeley Repertory Theatre and San Jose University Theatre, broke box office records in New York in 2009, was published by McSweeney’s in December 2010 and went on to be performed at Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
Ali’s essays and interviews on contemporary affairs, politics, the media, popular culture and religion frequently appear in the Washington Post, The Guardian , Salon , Slate , McSweeney’s , Wall Street Journal Blog , Huffington Post , CNN.com , CounterPunch and Chowk, among other on-line sites. His blog, “Goatmilk: An Intellectual Playground ” is ranked in the top 7% of all political blogs by blogged.com. Wajahat is the recipient of Muslim Public Affairs Council’s prestigious “Emerging Muslim American Artist” recognition of 2009 and was given the 2011 Otto Award for Political Theatre.
In 2011, he was the lead author and researcher of “Fear Inc., The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America” published by The Center for American Progress. Ali is the co-editor of the anthology “All-American: 45 American Men on Being Muslim” published this June 2012 by White Cloud Press. Wajahat is currently writing a TV pilot with Dave Eggers about a Muslim American cop in the Bay Area, California, and he is working on his first movie screenplay
This year the International Day of Peace, which is marked each year on 21 September, falls on a Friday. Islamic centres and mosques across the UK and overseas will be leading their local communities in marking the day. They will invite visitors to join them during or after Friday Prayers (Salaatul-Jumu’a) to exchange messages of peace, to celebrate local peace-building activities and to enjoy the hospitality offered.
Local schools, churches, synagogues, temples, gurdwaras and community organisations will be invited to observe the day by accepting these invitations.
Some Islamic centres in the UK are pairing up with a nearby church, religious community or school and linking their observance of the International Day of Peace to similar pairs overseas.
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In a democratic system like ours, citizens have multiple avenues to influence the policies and laws that govern our society. Yet, many Muslims continue to live on the fringe of politics and do not engage in public matters. The only way for us to ensure our voices are heard is to make the most of the opportunities for involvement and to become engaged citizens.
In this talk, Anas Altikriti, the CEO of The Cordoba Foundation will discuss a variety of paths for engagement in public life and share stories from his own engagement.
Hosted by The City Circle
Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, W1H 4LP
Date and Time: 21st September 2012, 18:45
Free entrance. All welcome. No reservation needed. Prayer space available. Street parking free from 18:30
For more information, please check: www.thecitycircle.com/events
Date & Time: Wednesday 29 August 2012, 6.00pm for a 6.30 start – 8.00pm
Venue: St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace
78 Bishopsgate London EC2N 4AG
Some UK contributors will read passages from this book including
Dr. Swee Chai Ang, Bruce Kent, Simon Keyes, Zoya Phan, Canon Patience Purchas, Christina Rees, Amjad Mohamed-Saleem (from The Cordoba Foundation) & Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg.
Editor Ros Bradley will share what inspired her to compile this book which offers a glimpse into the heart of other faiths, as well as some musings since the launch in Sydney.
RSVP by Thursday 23rd August 2012
Seventeen years ago this month, thousands of Bosnian Muslims were slaughtered in Europe. Some were killed opportunistically, but most were killed in a full-scale military operation: hands tied and blindfolded, they were lined up before freshly dug mass graves and shot in the back. In other cases, rather than bussing them to mass grave locations, their captors chose to murder them were they were detained – slaughtering them by the hundreds at a warehouse and theatre, by volleys of gunfire and rocket propelled grenades.
Later, earth-moving equipment would be used to remove the dead – and perhaps some living – and deposit them into other mass graves. It is estimated that over 8,000 Muslims were executed after the July 11, 1995, fall of Srebrenica, Bosnia, to the Bosnian Serbs. Like many of recent history’s slaughters, the international community was already present. A battalion of Dutch U.N. peacekeepers was responsible for protecting the first U.N.-declared “safe area” in Srebrenica. As the Bosnian Serb Army advanced on the city, U.N. offi cials declined to allow NATO warplanes to intervene until it was too late. The Serbs took Srebrenica without a fight and thousands of Bosnian Muslims fled to what they thought was the protection of the U.N. base in Potocari. Rather than offering a safe haven, the United Nations expelled fearful Muslims from their base and watched as another European genocide unfolded. In a scene evocative of Schindler’s List–a case of life imitating art, imitating life- -families were torn apart under the watchful eyes of the international community. Men and boys were separated from women and small children, never to be seen again.
Every year, international diplomats pause to remember the world’s most recent genocides. On 11th July, the world will mark the seventeenth anniversary of Srebrenica genocide. Join us to remember those who perished and the survivors. Meet British Muslims who visited Bosnia in the past, and a delegation visiting this July.
Date & Time – Tuesday 3rd July 2012 – 7pm
Venue: London Muslim Centre, Seminar Room, 4th Floor, 46 Whitechapel Road, London E1
Organised by London Muslim Centre, Islamic Forum of Europe, The Cordoba Foundation and Bosnia-Herzegovina Islamic Centre – London.