24 November 2010, 5.30-7pm
Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre, Roberts Building University College London Torrington Place, London WC1E 7JE.
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Professor Tariq Modood (University of Bristol) spoke at the UCL European Institute on 24 November to inaugurate the Institute's theme for this year, Europe and Islam. Some divisions around religion and religious identity, especially the position of Muslims, are threatening to create long term divisions in Europe.
The attitudes of both some 'religionists' (of various stripes) and some 'secularists' are obstacles to the accommodation of Muslims.
Yet there are also sources of hope. One is the pragmatic and religion-friendly character of political secularism in Britain and in North-West Europe generally (with the partial exception of France).
Another ground for optimism is the respect that some people, especially some Muslims, have for religions other than their own.
Reviewing the above tensions and causes for optimism, the talk concluded by characterising the current situation as a three-way contestation between: appeals to renewal of Christian identity; a further privatising of religion; and a multi-faith secularism.