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LIVE from the NYPL: ISLAM IN EUROPE Insult: Fractured States? Part IIMigration Policy, Response and Reaction: The Status QuoPaul BERMAN, Ingmar KARLSSON, Anne GRUNG, Ahmet KURU, Hasni ABIDI & Luz GÓMEZ-GARCÍA


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 session will explore whether assimilation or integration are the only options for Muslim immigrants and their children. How have rising tensions at the global level impacted polarization of Muslims within European societies?

Paul Berman, contributing editor, The New Republic, moderator.

Special guest panelists for this session include Ambassador Ingmar Karlsson (former diplomat, Sweden), Pastor Anne Grung (Oslo University, Norway), Ahmet Kuru (Columbia University, Turkey), Hasni Abidi (Study and Research Center for the Arab and Mediterranean World, Switzerland), and Luz Gómez-García (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain).

About Hasni Abidi

Hasni Abidi is director of the Center for Studies and Research on Arab and Mediterranean World (CERMAM) in Geneva, Switzerland. He is also a lecturer at University Paris I, Sorbonne. His work focuses on political developments in the Middle East and the Maghreb and the Arab and Muslim presence in Europe. Hasni Abidi is a consultant to several institutions and media as the ICRC,UNESCO, the Federal Department of Justice and Police, Al Jazeera TV, Al Arabia TV, and Swiss TV.



About Paul Berman

Paul Berman is a writer on politics and literature whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic (where he is a contributing editor), The New Yorker, Slate, the Village Voice, and Dissent. He has written or edited eight books, including, most recently, Power and the Idealists: Or, the Passion of Joschka Fischer and Its Aftermath; Carl Sandburg: Selected Poems; and Terror and Liberalism. His writings have been translated into fifteen languages.



About Luz Gómez-García

Luz Gómez-García is a senior lecturer of Arabic Language and Thought at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She has done research at the American University in Cairo and the Institut Française des Études Arabes at Damascus. Her research focuses on Islamic discourse on power and ideology (Diccionario de islam e islamismo) and its unfolding within post-colonial and globalized contexts. She is currently doing research on new feminist epistemologies engaged from an Islamic perspective (Gender and Interculturality).



About Anne Grung

Anne Grung has been involved in Christian-Muslim relations and dialogue in Norway since 1995. She is currently working on a PhD about Christian and Muslim women and their interpretations of the Bible and the Koran at the CULCOM-project, University of Oslo. She has published a book on dialogue between Christian and Muslim women together with Lena Larsen. Other publications include the articles Women´s perspective on Christian-Muslim dialogue (Kvindeprespektiv på kristen-muslimsk dialog) and Sacred texts in Islamic and Christian traditions: Tools of oppression, tools of liberation (Hellige tekster i islamsk og kristen tradisjon. Et verktøy for undertrykkelse eller frigjøring?).


About Ambassador Ingmar Karlsson

Ingmar Karlsson, a former Ambassador, is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Lund in Sweden and Senior Research Fellow, Global Political Trends, at Istanbul Kültür University in Turkey. He is the author of fifteen books including The Cross and the Crescent - The Religious Minorities in the Middle East and Sweden, Europe and the Turk – Reflections on a Complicated Relation, Kurdistan – The Country That Does Not Exist, and Istanbul Lectures.



About Ahmet Kuru

Ahmet Kuru is a Postdoctoral Scholar and Assistant Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion at SIPA of Columbia University. He is also Assistant Professor of Political Science at San Diego State University. He is the author of Secularism and State Policies toward Religion: The United States, France, and Turkey.





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.