The Muslims, Trust and Cultural Dialogue is an international collaborative research project funded by the Research Councils UK that analyses the conditions of trust and mistrust in three overlapping areas of modern life: politics and society; business and finance; and art and culture. It aims to bring together an international multidisciplinary network of scholars, practitioners and stakeholders exploring questions of trust in the relationship between Muslim diaspora populations in the West and the societies around them. The project is committed to understanding how existing practices in these three arenas enact dialogue and negotiation between groups in ways that can be mutually informative, and which help us move beyond misunderstanding and negative stereotyping.
The first Roundtable is part of a series of events on how existing practices in a variety of cultural areas – business and finance, politics and society, culture and the arts -engage with the vexed question of trust between Muslims and other communities. At a time when multiculturalism has been fiercely criticised – not least for its assumed tolerance of the alleged self-segregation of certain sectors of the Muslim community in Britain – questions of what constitutes intercultural trust and how it may be fostered have a pressing urgency.