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Future Talks: The Future of the Multi-Faith Society

Birmingham City University City Talks

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 from 18:15 to 20:00 (BST)

Future Talks: The Future of the Multi-Faith Society

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Birmingham City University is pleased to bring together leading experts representing Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and human rights, to discuss current issues facing multi-faith communities in the United Kingdom.

The event will engage with the political, legal and social conceptions of freedom of religion and cosmopolitanism, and discuss the issues for promoting peace, solidarity and tolerance.

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 necessitates that we understand how this legislation contributes to these aims, and to implement strategies to rectify unworkable policies.

The government’s “Prevent Duty Guidance” for specified authorities needs to be debated to ensure that there is a practical approach to help ensure that people are not radicalised to commit criminal acts.

A viable human rights strategy should be implemented for the “returning of the radicals,” alongside effective protection for society. We all need to work together to ensure a peaceable, tolerant, and safe society in which everyone is treated with respect for our inherent human dignity.

To discuss these important issues, the panel will include:

The Rt. Hon. the Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Life Peer of the House of LordsBaroness Warsi 

A lawyer, a businesswoman, a campaigner and a cabinet minister, Sayeeda Warsi has had many roles, but she is best known for being the first Muslim to serve in British cabinet and foremost Muslim politician in the Western world.

In 2010 she was appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron as Minister without Portfolio, becoming the first Muslim to serve in a British Cabinet.

The iconic images of her on the steps of No 10 Downing Street in a shalwar kameez (a traditional ethnic outfit) were beamed around the world. She was also appointed as Chairman of the Conservative Party – the first Asian to chair a major British political party.

In 2012, Sayeeda was made Senior Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister for Faith and Communities.

The Rt. Rev. David Urquhart, Bishop of BirminghamBishop of Birmingham David Urquhart

Bishop David is the Ninth Bishop of Birmingham. He was inaugurated at St Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham in November 2006.

In addition to his duties as Bishop of Birmingham, he is the Archbishop of Canterbury's Link with China, Prelate of the Order of St Michael and St George and President of the Friends of IPASC (community health training) in DR Congo.

David received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Birmingham University in July 2009, is a Board member of Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre, a Council member of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and is currently chairing the Be Birmingham Summit of the Local Strategic Partnership.

Rabbi Dr. Margaret Jacobi, Rabbi of the Birmingham Progressive SynagogueDr Margaret Jacoby

Rabbi Margaret Jacobi has been the rabbi of Birmingham Progressive Synagogue since 1994. 

She studied medicine at Birmingham University and then started a career in medical research,  obtaining a PhD in physiology and working  for two years in St. Louis Missouri, USA.

Rabbi Jacobi enjoys the diverse challenges and opportunities which congregational work offers, especially in a multi-cultural city like Birmingham.

She shares with her community an ethos of welcoming anyone who wishes to identify with or explore their interest in Judaism. 

She has maintained her interest in medicine and has published papers on Jewish medical ethics, most recently 'The Challenge of Genetic Research' in 'Aspects of Liberal Jewish Thought'. She is now working for a PhD on the last chapter of Talmud Sanhedrin, about the world to come.

Mr. Imran Awan, Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology, BCUImran Awan

Imran Awan is Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University.  He is a leading expert in the field of counter-terrorism issues, extremism, Islamophobia and the impact of such measures upon Muslim communities. He is co-editor of the books ‘Policing Cyber Hate and Cyber Threats’ (Ashgate 2012) and ‘Extremism, Counter-Terrorism and Policing’ (Ashgate 2013). 

Imran has provided both oral and written evidence before the All Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia in the House of Commons and also sits as an independent expert on the UK Governments Cross Working Group on Anti-Muslim Hatred based in the Department for Communities and Local Government.


Panel Chair: Prof Jon Yorke, Professor of Human Rights, School of Law, BCUProfessor Jon Yorke


Prof Jon Yorke is Professor of Human Rights in the School of Law.


Prof Yorke is a member of the advisory team on the death penalty to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and is a member of the FCO Pro-Bono Lawyer’s Panel.

He was consulted by the British government on the death penalty in Islamic countries. He has worked on amicus curiae briefs for the British Government and the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales and was a consultant to the legal team on the Meriam Ibrahim case in Sudan.

He is an advisor on human rights to the European Union and he has presented on punishment issues in the Council of Europe and the United Nations.

He is a founding member of the International Academic Network for the Abolition of Capital Punishment, and has published widely on various death penalty issues.

Professor Yorke is currently working with the Sudanese Human Rights Initiative to file a Stakeholder Report on freedom of religion in Sudan’s Universal Periodic Review in the UN Human Rights Council.


Don't miss Future Talks: The Future of the Multi-Faith Society at the brand new Curzon Building, part of our City Centre Campus in Birmingham. Maps and directions can be found here.


Do you have questions about Future Talks: The Future of the Multi-Faith Society? Contact Birmingham City University City Talks

When & Where

First Floor Lecture Theatre
The Curzon Building
4 Cardigan Street
B4 7BD Birmingham
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 from 18:15 to 20:00 (BST)

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