Effective Engagement with Muslim Communities

Open to Everyone
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Dr Ozcan Keles

Dr Ozcan Keles

Chairperson of the Dialogue Society

Ozcan is a non-practising Barrister and member of the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn. He is the Chairperson of the Dialogue Society since 2008; was the Executive Chairperson of the same organisation between 2008 and 2014; the Executive Editor of the peer-reviewed biannual academic Journal of Dialogue Studies since 2014 and a full-time PhD candidate in the sociology of human rights at the University of Sussex. Between 2006 and 2009 he was a research student with Prof Kevin Boyle at the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex, where he held the Scholarship Award of 2006. Ozcan was called to the Bar in 2005 after successfully completing the Bar course at the Inns of Court School of Law. He obtained his LLM in Human Rights Law from SOAS, University of London, in 2002.

The event was attended by the Lord Mayor of Hull; some Humberside Police Officers; Police Community Support Officers who work in Neighbourhood Policing team areas with large Muslim Communities; a number of staff members from Hull City Council; as well as some Community Participation Officers, Anti Social Behaviour officers, and neighbourhood housing officers who work in the same wards as the police staff and engage with local communities on a daily basis.

The presentation given by Ozcan Keles (of the Dialogue Society in London) who gave some Insight in to the Islamic culture and religion, including some practical advice around how to engage with Muslim members of our community. The advice about engagement provided tips on how to engage positively with individuals, giving due consideration to cultural differences and showing awareness that our actions may be misinterpreted. This advice also provided guidance around methods to consider for long-term effective engagement with our Muslim Communities.