Conference – Necessity of Interfaith Dialogue in Preventing another 7/7 at the LSE

Open to Everyone
Free to Attend

The London School of Economics (LSE), London

Asaf Hussain

Institute of LifeLong Learning of the University of Leicester

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.

Dr Thomas Michel

Vatican Secretariat for Inter-Religious Dialogue

Ilnur Cevik

Editor of New Anatolian Daily Newspaper

Revd Fergus Capie

Inter Faith Adviser to the Bishop of Willesden in the Diocese of London

A conference organised on the first anniversary of the tragic events that took place on 07/07/05. The conference emphasised the necessity of (belief in) interfaith and intercultural dialogue in eradicating the root causes of terrorism, namely prejudice, alienation misunderstanding, suspicion, fear, animosity and hatred. The conference targetted both members of both Houses of Parliament and policy makers.

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Timetable

  • Opening Remarks – Ozcan Keles, Dialogue Society
  • Speech – Asaf Hussain, Institute of LifeLong Learning of the University of Leicester
  • Speech – The Revd Fergus Capie, Inter Faith Adviser to the Bishop of Willesden in the Diocese of London
  • Video – Peace Through Education and Dialogue
  • Speech – Dr Thomas Michel, Vatican Secretariat for Inter-Religious Dialogue
  • Closing Remarks – Ilnur Cevik, Editor of New Anatolian Daily Newspaper

The conference consisted of three speeches, a video presentation and opening and closing remarks. The first speech by Mr Hussain laid the contextual foundation of the event by looking at the root causes of terrorism and the habitat in which it flourishes. The second, by The Revd Capie, explained how those root causes can be eradicated by interfaith and intercultural dialogue in Britain in general and in London in particular. The third, by Dr Michel, was a case-study of the Gulen movement, a faith-based movement originating from Turkey, and the real results they had achieved through education and dialogue and its relevance in the fight against the causes of terrorism. The overall point made was that belief in dialogue as a necessity of faith helps prevent a person from falling prey to terrorist ideology.

Objective

Explore the underlying causes and nature of terrorism. Introduce clear ideas as to how interfaith dialogue, with the active participation of the Muslim community, can help eradicate the causes of terrorism in Britain.

Necessity of Interfaith Dialogue in Preventing Another 7/7