Public Engagement

TAKING PART - Final Report Launch Event

Taking part event flyer 31 January 2013, 7:00 - 8.30 pm, Bishopsgate Institute, London

Launch of the final report from the large 30-month study of Muslim Participation in Contemporary Governance at Bristol University.

Research findings and public policy insights on issues such as Muslim-government relations, integration, equality, participatory democracy, and countering extremism.

Further details about the event (PDF, 650kB)‌.

Read the report: "Taking Part: Muslim Participation in Contemporary Governance" (PDF, 3,139kB)

Westminster Faith Debate

Dr Therese O’Toole spoke in dialogue with Sir Trevor Phillips, Dominic Grieve MP, and Professor Kim Knott at the first AHRC/ESRC Westminster Faith Debate, chaired by Professor Linda Woodhead and Rt Hon. Charles Clarke (8 Feb 2012, pictured above).

The Westminster Faith Debate was on “Religion in Superdiverse Societies”:

  • Watch the full video here.
  • Read Therese O’Toole’s debate speech (pdf, 500kb), 8 Feb 2012.

Press coverage of Dr O’Toole’s remarks at the debate:

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The Politics of Religious Diversity: Event at Toynbee Hall

On 19 September 2012, the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship at Bristol University held an event on ‘The Politics of Religious Diversity’ at Toynbee Hall, East London. It featured research presentations from two major ongoing academic projects at the Centre: MPCG and ACCEPT Pluralism. A high profile panel of Kris Hopkins MP, Sunder Katwala, and Fiyaz Mughal, chaired by Professor Tariq Modood, responded to the presentations. An audience of about 70 from universities, local government, faith groups, think tanks, and civil society organisations contributed with questions and debate ( download (PDF, 419kB) the full report, pdf 540kb, or visit the event website).

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Enhancing Muslim Engagement in Local Democratic Governance: Event at Bristol University

This event formed part of the Thinking Futures series in Bristol, in partnership with Building the Bridge. The MPCG and ACCEPT research teams gave research presentations on the participation and recognition of diverse Muslim communities in local democracy. The MPCG presentation compared the inclusion of Muslims in democratic governance in Birmingham, Leicester, and Tower Hamlets based on original research from the project. Tehmina Kazi from British Muslims for Secular Democracy gave the keynote talk in response to the presentations and reflected on broader issues of democratic participation and protest.

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British Muslims and the Politics of Religious Diversity: Event Brick Lane Mosque

The MPCG project held a dissemination event at the Brick Lane Mosque in East London on 29 November 2012, in partnership with the Swadhinata Trust. Dr Daniel Nilsson DeHanas (pictured right) gave a presentation of research findings from the project to an audience from local organisations and Bengali media.  Seated from left to right in the photograph are Sajjad Miah (VP Brick Lane Mosque), Cllr Rajib Ahmed (speaker, Tower Hamlets), Ghaffar Hussain (Quilliam), Dr Nazneen Ahmed (Oxford University), Julie Begum (Swadhinata Trust), Nojmul Hussain (Prevent Manager, Tower Hamlets), and Cllr Muhammad Abdul Mukit MBE who each gave short remarks. The event focused on issues of countering extremism and adjusting to the increasingly restrictive funding of faith groups.

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