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LIVE from the NYPL: ISLAM IN EUROPE Insult: Fractured States? Part IOpening Event: How Did We Get Here? David BRANCACCIO, Benjamin BARBER, Tahar BEN JELLOUN & Imam Abduljalil SAJID


Muslim Voices: Arts & Ideas Festival

ISLAM IN EUROPE Insult: 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?


This opening panel, introduced by Mustapha Tlili (Founder of the Center for Dialogues at New York University), sets the historical framework for the entire symposium and explores how Europe's socio-economic and political history led to contemporary, post-colonial immigration and integration issues.

David Brancaccio, Host of PBS newsmagazine NOW

Special guest panelists include Benjamin Barber (author of Jihad vs. McWorld), poet and writer Tahar Ben Jelloun, and Imam Abduljalil Sajid (Chairman of the Muslim Council for Religious and Racial Harmony U.K.).

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 Tahar Ben Jelloun

Tahar Ben Jelloun was born in Morocco, and immigrated to France in 1961. A novelist, essayist, critic, and poet, he is a regular contributor to Le Monde, La Républica, El País, and Panorama. His novels include The Sacred Night and The Sand Child and his nonfiction includes Islam Explained and Racism Explained to My Daughter. His latest book is Leaving Tangier: A Novel.




About David Brancaccio

David Brancaccio is host and senior editor of NOW on PBS, the newsmagazine with programming on human rights, the environment, politics, national security, health care, science policy, and the reform of the financial system. A broadcaster for 33 years, Brancaccio worked alongside Bill Moyers before flying solo in 2005. For ten years, David served as the host of public radio's Marketplace. He is author of the book Squandering Aimlessly about money and values in America.



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. Imam 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 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.


About Mustapha Tlili

Mustapha Tlili is the founder and director of the Center for Dialogues, a research scholar at New York University, and senior fellow at its Remarque Institute. He is a former senior UN official, having served as director for communications policy in the United Nations Department of Public Information, director of the UN information center for France, and chief of the Namibia, Anti Apartheid, Palestine and decolonization programs. An established novelist, Tlili is a knight of the French Order of Arts and Letters.

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).


This event is in partnership with Muslim Voices: Arts & Ideas.