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Research Seminar: Critical Multiculturalism, and the response of British society to diverse Islamic belief and Muslim political positions.

On the 15th October 2014, The Al-Mahdi Institute held a Research Seminar with Professor Max Farrar of Leeds University, to explore the topic of “Critical Multiculturalism, and the response of British society to diverse Islamic belief and Muslim political positions.” The seminar was attended by AMI students, faculty and members of the public.

With increasing tensions and misunderstandings surrounding Muslims worldwide, Professor Max Farrar explained how multiculturalism started to fall apart after the 9/11 attacks in New York and the consequences of it related to various Muslim communities worldwide. He also underlined the importance of seeing Britain as a ‘Community of Communities’ where differences are accepted rather than discriminated against. The theory of ‘Two-way integration’ by Tariq Modood, where all communities must change in relation to one another and accept each others cultural changes, the ‘Negotiation of diversity’ and the access to full rights for all ethnic minorities were other factors mentioned that could ensure a successful Multicultural society in Britain and worldwide.

Professor Farrar also stressed on the importance of economic and cultural equality and active civic engagement in a devolved democracy whereby all ethnicities should feel like they can make a change in democracy resulting in a ‘decentralised democracy.’ When put into action, these factors can revive multiculturalism and ensure equality within society regardless of culture, race and religion.

The next Research Seminar at Al-Mahdi Institute will be held on the 12th November 2014 at 3:00pm with Professor Rob Gleave on the topic;

‘What’s the point of Uṣūl al-fiqh? Literalism in modern Shīʿī legal theory’

To register your attendance, please email rukhsana.bhanji@almahdi.edu

To view more images from the seminar, please click here.