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Islam in Europe—Insult: Fractured States?: Part V: Conclusions - Where Do We Go From Here?

June 11, 2009

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Muslim Voices: Arts & Ideas Festival

ISLAM IN EUROPEInsult: Fractured States? is a three-evening symposium on June 9, 10, and 11 that gathers prominent, cross-sector speakers from diverse disciplines and the Muslim diaspora to share country-specific perspectives on Muslim communities’ integration in European society.

In five events, ISLAM IN EUROPE sets the context for and explores multiple perspectives for viewing relations between European societies and their Muslim communities. Participants will examine how different European nations and the Muslim diasporas within their borders consider immediate local issues, as well as look at the development of a Europe-wide discourse. The program also offers opportunities to bring American voices into this dialogue and is aimed at identifying opportunities for cross-cultural understanding and cooperation.

Through scholarly debate, the related voices of participants of ISLAM IN EUROPE will articulate new perspectives offering insight into the ideas that shape policy and thought.

Part I, June 9, 7:00 pm
Opening Event: How Did We Get Here?
Part II, June 10, 6:00 pm
Migration Policy, Response and Reaction: The Status Quo
Part III, June 10, 7:30 pm
Youth: The Future
Part IV, June 11, 5:00 pm
Media: A Catalyst For Change
Part V, June 11, 7:00 pm
Conclusions: Where Do We Go From Here?


Paul Holdengräber (Director of LIVE from the NYPL) closes the symposium in a conversation with Benjamin Barber (author of Jihad vs. McWorld), Jocelyn Cesari (Harvard University, France), Khaled Fouad Allam (University of Trieste, Italy), Bas Heijne (author, The Netherlands), and Imam Abduljalil Sajid (Imam of the Brighton Islamic Mission).

About Khaled Fouad Allam

Khaled Fouad Allam teaches Sociology of the Muslim world and History and Institutions of the Islamic countries at the University of Trieste, the University of Urbino and the Stanford University of Florence. He has been a consultant for the European Union and the European Council on issues regarding Islam and religious identity. Allam is a consultant of the President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament for intercultural matters and the dialogue among religions. He is a member of the editorial staff of the magazine MARS - Le Monde Arabe dans la Recherche Scientifique and co-founder of the series of books Arab-Islamic bibliotheque.


About Benjamin Barber

Benjamin Barber, a political theorist, is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos and President of CivWorld (at Demos). Formerly a Professor at Rutgers University and The University of Maryland, for five years he served as an informal consultant to President Bill Clinton. Barber's books include Strong Democracy, Jihad vs. McWorld, Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole, and The Truth of Power: Intellectual Affairs in the Clinton White House. Barber is a regular commentator for National Public Radio’s Marketplace and his blog can be found on The Huffington Post.


About Jocelyn Cesari

Jocelyn Cesari, an Associate at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, teaches at the Harvard Divinity School and in the government department. She specializes in Middle East and Islamic studies. She is director of the interfaculty Islam in the West Program. This research program produced the Encyclopedia of Islam in the United States. Her most recent books include When Islam and Democracy Meet: Muslims in Europe and in the United States and European Muslims and the Secular State.




About Bas Heijne

Bas Heijne is a Dutch essayist, broadcaster, columnist and translator. He is a columnist for the newspaper NRC Handelsblad. Bas Heijne’s writing includes the novels Last Words and Suez and the play, Van Gogh. His translations include the works of Evelyn Waugh, E.M. Forster and Joseph Conrad. In 2007 he published an essay, "Onredelijkheid" (Unreason), about the current search of identity in a hybrid society. Last year he hosted the Dutch television show Zomergasten (Summerguests), a series of six three-hour live interviews with politicians, artists and writers.



About Paul Holdengräber

Paul Holdengräber is the Director of Public Programs—known as "LIVE from the NYPL"—for The Research Libraries of The New York Public Library.






About Imam Abduljalil Sajid

Imam Abduljalil Sajid is Chairman of the Muslim Council for Religious and Racial Harmony and one of the founders of the Muslim Council of Britain. Sajid is of Pakistani origin and a pre-eminent Muslim scholar, thinker, speaker and educator. He is currently President of the UK Chapter of the World Conference of Religion for Peace, as well as for Vice President of the European World Conference of Religion and Peace, President of the National Association of British Pakistanis, and a member of the Central Working Committee of the Muslim Council of Britain.



Muslim Voices: Arts & Ideas is a celebration of the extraordinary range of artistic expression in the Muslim world, co-presented by Asia Society, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), and New York University Center for Dialogues during June 5 - 14.

This event is sponsored by European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC).


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