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Event: Poverty and British Muslims: Identifying Problems and Proposing Solutions



Event Details:
The next MBRN event will be held in conjunction with the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies on 16th September 2015.

The day’s theme is ‘Poverty and British Muslims: Identifying Problems and Proposing Solutions’. Our keynote speaker is Professor Anthony Heath (CBE, FBA), Director of the Centre for Social Investigation, Nuffield College, University of Oxford.

Prof Anthony Heath will be presenting a paper (provisionally titled) ‘How can we explain the high Muslim levels of poverty [in the UK]?’ which is taken from his wider research commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) to support their development of an anti-poverty strategy for the UK.

“In comparison with the relationship between ethnicity and poverty, there has been very little research focusing specifically on religion. However there have been a number of studies which compare the effects of religion and ethnicity on economic activity, unemployment and earnings, which are in turn major factors in poverty. These studies have typically shown that Muslims have lower rates of economic activity and higher rates of unemployment than do members of other faiths… People of Jewish affiliation are least likely to be found in poverty (13 per cent), in contrast to those from the Muslim community (50 per cent).”

Heath, A. and Li, Y. (2015) Review of the relationship between religion and poverty; an analysis for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. CSI Working paper 2015-01. Downloaded from http://csi.nuff.ox.ac.uk/

18% of the British population live in poverty, however,
57% of Muslims of Pakistani heritage…
56% of Muslims of Black African heritage…
49% of Muslims of Bangladeshi heritage…
… in Britain, live in Poverty.
Sources: UK Longitudinal Household Panel Study (aka Understanding Society (USoc)) / British Household Panel Study (BHPS).

Why is this and what can be done about it?

The day will include academic responses and practitioners providing observations and exploring practical remedies. The morning programme will feature the MBRN AGM, an academic networking session, and a tour of the OCIS’ new building.

Working schedule for the day:
0930 – 1000 Registration at OCIS’ George Street building
1000 – 1030 MBRN AGM
1030  1130  Networking Session
1130 – 1300 Tour of OCIS’ new building (Marston Road)
1300 – 1400 Lunch
1400 – 1445 Keynote:
Professor Anthony Heath (Director of the Centre for Social Investigation, Nuffield College, University of Oxford)
1445 – 1545 Academic Responses and Q&A:
Professor Alison Shaw (Professor, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies)
Dr Nabil Khattab
(Associate Professor for Sociology, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies)
Asma Khan (PhD Candidate, Islam-UK Centre, Cardiff University)
1545 – 1600 Tea
1600 – 1700 Practitioner Panel & Q&A:
– Iqbal Nasim (National Zakat Foundation)
– Heather Knight (Islamic Relief UK)
– Shaz Manir (Amirah Foundation)
1700 Closing remarks

Registration is now closed.

Students and Unwaged £10 and Waged £15 (both prices exclude online booking fee). If you would like to pay by cheque please email us on muslimsinbritainrn@gmail.com

The event will take place at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, St Georges Mansions, George St, Oxford OX1 2AR.

Conference Organisers:
Professor Sophie Gilliat-Ray (University of Cardiff / MBRN Chair)
Dr Asma Mustafa (University of Oxford / Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies)
Dr Carl Morris (University of Central Lancashire / MBRN General Secretary)
Mobeen Butt (Muslim Museum Initiative / MBRN Committee Member)
Chris Moses (University of Cambridge / MBRN Committee Member)

The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies is a Recognized Independent Centre of the University of Oxford. It was established in 1985 to encourage the scholarly study of Islam and the Islamic world. The Centre is committed to the advancement of academic excellence in teaching, research and publication. Its outreach activities sustain dialogue and promote mutual understanding at national and international levels.

The Muslims in Britain Research Network (MBRN) has been promoting the multidisciplinary study of Muslims and Islam in Britain for over twenty years – bringing together leading academics, researchers and professionals, and encouraging a new generation of students and practitioners to discuss, inform and collaborate.

Strongly recommended for:
Academics and professionals researching Muslims in Britain
Charities and organisations tackling poverty in the UK
Charities and organisations working with the Muslim communities in the UK
Leaders and Senior Management of Muslim charities and Muslim third sector / community organisations
Council Officers working in high density Muslim areas or with Muslim communities
Equality professionals

We hope you can join us to discuss this very important and little highlighted issue – why Muslims in Britain are more likely to be living in poverty than any other faith community and help suggest and tease out solutions. Have your say and add your observations and thoughts to the conversation.

Also, our networking session is a great opportunity to meet MBRN members face-to-face and update us all on the exciting work you are doing (ask for advice/assistance or promote your most recent research/publication/project).