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British Muslims and Health Inequalities Conference

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Norcroft Conference Centre

University of Bradford

Bradford

BD7 1DP

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Numerous studies have shown that British Muslims suffer from chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, childhood obesity and genetic and mental health conditions at a significantly higher rate than the wider UK population. Typically, the reasons for these inequalities are described in terms of the higher levels of poverty and deprivation among the British Muslim population. However, the phenomenon of health inequalities is more complex than that. Lower levels of physical activity, dietary practices, gendered notions of fitness and taboos around certain activities all raise questions and require open and informed discussion between academic researchers, clinicians and those active within British Muslim communities. Such questions are often drowned out, however, by more post-9/11 narratives about British Muslims in society.

This conference seeks to create a space to present new research and debate issues relating to health and health inequalities among British Muslims. It will cover:

  • How the concept of disease is negotiated within British Muslim communities in personal, cultural and religious terms vis-à-vis Islamic narratives on the body and health;

  • The structural dimensions of the health inequalities among British Muslims, covering the effects of migration, ethnicity, everyday life and government on health issues;

  • The possible role of Islamic religious settings and leaders in responding to the challenges of health inequalities among British Muslims.

Speakers include:

Opening
Lord Mayor of Bradford Councillor Zafar Ali
Professor John Wright, Director, Bradford Institute for Health Research
Professor Alison Scott-Baumann, Chair, MBRN

British Muslims and Health: Academic Perspectives
Professor Neil Small, University of Bradford
Professor Peymané Adab, University of Birmingham
Professor Kamran Siddiqi, University of York
Professor Carolyn Summerbell, University of Durham
Dr Rosie McEachan, Programme Director, Born in Bradford

British Muslims and Health: Community Perspectives
Dr Sufyan Abid Dogra, Bradford Institute for Health research
Dr Hina J. Shahid, Muslim Doctors Association
Dr Naznin Mirza and Dr Salman Waqar, British Islamic Medical Association
Imran Hameed, Community Health Partnerships
Ishtiaq Ahmed, Council of Mosques, Bradford / Al-Khidmat Centre
Sensei Mumtaz Khan, Diversity Engagement Officer, British Ju-Jitsu Association

Performance
Pauline Fleming (former Coronation Street)

Papers and Presentations
Amirah Akhtar - 'Post-Natal Depression Among British Pakistanis'
Dr Joanne Britton - 'Muslim Men's Wellbeing'
Dr Mahmood Chandia - 'Faith Leaders and End of Life Support'
Nussrat O. Hussain - 'Muslim Spiritual Healing'
Shahid Islam - 'Father Engagement and Family Health'
Aisha Ali Khan - 'Cousin Marriage and Health'
Karim Mitha - 'Muslim Mental Health in Scotland'
Dr Afzal Mohammed - 'Neglect of Health in Muslim Education'
Samin Mughal - 'South Asian Girls and Sedentary Behaviour'
Daisy Payne - 'Cancer Screening and South Asian Women'
Mohammed Akhlak Rauf MBE - 'Dementia In Muslim Families'
Mohammed Shoiab - 'Pain Management Among Bradford Pakistanis'
Faraz Siddiqui - 'Smokeless Tobacco and South Asians'

Conference Organisers:
Dr. Sufyan Abid Dogra (Born in Bradford)

Dr. Stephen Jones (MBRN)
Professor Alison Scott-Baumann (MBRN)
Mobeen Butt (MBRN)
Ayesha Khan (MBRN)

The conference is being organised by the Muslims in Britain Research Network in partnership with the Born in Bradford (BiB) project (https://borninbradford.nhs.uk/). BiB is a cohort study examining the reasons for high rates of illness among children, adults, families and communities, by exploring ethnic dimensions of health and illness. It involves a multi-disciplinary team of researchers. As part of BiB study, Dr Sufyan Abid Dogra is exploring how Islamic religious settings can be used for health promotion in the UK, funded by National Institute for Health Research.

The Muslims in Britain Research Network (MBRN) has been promoting the multidisciplinary study of Muslims and Islam in Britain for over twenty years – bringing together leading academics, researchers and professionals, and encouraging a new generation of students and practitioners to discuss, inform and collaborate.

Strongly recommended for
Academics and professionals researching Muslims and Islam in Britain
Academics and professionals working in the Health, Care and Well-Being Sector
Faith leaders
Policy makers and advisors

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Norcroft Conference Centre

University of Bradford

Bradford

BD7 1DP

United Kingdom

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