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Muslim Leadership in Britain Conference – Registration and Programme Details.

Registration deadline midnight Sunday 29 March 2015


Conference Fee – £12.50 per ticket.

Conference Registration:
To register for the conference either:

Register online through Eventbrite (Note – there is an additional £1 fee for online booking).

Or, please email muslimleadersconference@gmail.com with your name, contact details, any dietary or access requirements and make out a cheque for £12.50 to ‘Muslims in Britain Research Network’ and send it to ‘Dr Carl Morris, School of Education & Social Science, 119 Livsey House, University of Central Lancashire, PR1 2HE’.

Conference Programme:
09:30-10:00 Registration and Tea/Coffee
10:00-10:15 Conference Opening: Professor Sophie Gilliat-Ray (MBRN) & Professor  (UCLAN VC)
10:15-11:00 Keynote Address: Baroness Sayeeda Warsi
11:00-12:30 Parallel Sessions 1, 2 and 3
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:45 Panel Discussion – Muslim Leadership: A National Perspective
14:45-15:45 Parallel Sessions 4, 5 and 6
15:45-16:00 Break – Tea/Coffee
16:00-17:15 Panel Discussion – Muslim Leadership: A View from the North of England
17:15-17:20 Conference Close

Session Details

Parallel Session 1 – Politics, Activism and Engagement
Yahya Birt – Before Rushdie: Towards an Intellectual and Social History of British Muslim Activism, 1962-1997.
Mohsin Abbas – British Muslim Leadership: Failures and Futures
Tom Wilson – Experience and Expectation in Engagement with Muslim leaders.
Peter Lumsden – Muslim Communities Engaging with a Multi-Faith Environment: Case Studies from Preston.

Parallel Session 2 – Evolving Forms of Leadership
Alison Scott-Baumann & Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor – Muslim Leadership for a Secular and Pluralist World.
Sean McLoughlin – Leadership in the British Muslim Hajj and Umrah sector.
Omar Salha – Diplomacy and Sport: Muslim footballers as emerging leaders in Society.
Shaukat Warraich – New forms of emerging leadership

Parallel Session 3 – Authority and Authenticity
Stephen Jones – A ‘System of Self-appointed Leaders’? Examining Modes of Muslim Representation in Governance in Britain.
Michael Munnik – “Don’t Be a Gatekeeper”: Strategies for Negotiating Claims of Authority among Muslims in Media Relations.
Atif Imtiaz – Contextualising Islam in the United Kingdom: A Matter of Confidence?
Daryoush Poor – Authority without Territory: doctrinal shifts in modern Ismailism.

Panel Discussion – Muslim Leadership: A National Perspective
Sufyan Ismail – CEO, Muslim Engagement & Development (MEND)
Abdurahman Sharif – Executive Director, Muslim Charities Forum (MCF)
Julie Siddiqi – Founder, Sadaqa Day
Abid Hussain – Head of Diversity, Arts Council England (ACE)

Parallel Session 4 – Leadership, Young Muslims and Social Cohesion
Christine Hough – To what extent does the Transforming Rehabilitation agenda support the recommendations of the Young Review? A research-based evaluation of the rehabilitation BME, male Muslim offenders in NW Lancashire.
Omar Salah – Ramadan Tent Project
Davide Pettinato – Emerging Muslim Leaders in Faith-based Activism: the Youth-led Advocacy of ‘MADE in Europe’.

Parallel Session 5 – Muslim Leadership in Education
Serena Hussain – Islamic schools in the United States and England: Implications for integration and social cohesion.
Ibtihal Ramadan – Muslim Academics’ Experiences at UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).
Carolyn King – HEIs: Faith Leadership in Contemporary Society.

Parallel Session 6 – Developing Female Leadership
Ghazala Mir – Women, Faith and Social Cohesion.
Mussurut Zia – Female Muslim Leadership.
Rukhsana Yaqoob – Female Muslim Leadership in Britain

Panel Discussion – Muslim Leadership: A View from the North of England
Abdul Hameed Qureshi – Lancashire Council of Mosques
Afrasiab Anwar – Community Faith Coordinator, Burnley and Pendle Faith Centre
Razwan Ul-Haq – Artist, Writer and Educationalist
Imam Saleem Seedat – Chaplain, Blackburn College
Naz Shah – Activist and Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Bradford West

Conference Rationale:
Muslim leadership has changed dramatically in Britain over the last two decades. These changes are characterised by a move away from early forms of leadership within discrete religious communities, through to dynamic professional engagement by Muslims in the spheres of politics, local government, education, culture, business and the charities sector. While faith and community leadership undoubtedly remain important, it is increasingly clear that new avenues are opening up for religiously-informed modes of Muslim leadership in Britain.

This conference will bring academics together with Muslim leaders and practitioners from across Britain to discuss the changing forms of Muslim leadership in the UK. There will be an emphasis on examining the challenges and opportunities facing Muslim leaders and professionals from across a range of different sectors. Through this multi-partner approach there will be an attempt to discuss and share forms of best practice for the evolving role of Muslim leaders in modern Britain.

Conference Output:
If there are sufficient contributions of appropriate quality, this conference will lead to an edited collection involving both academic and practitioner perspectives.

Conference Organisers:
Professor Sophie Gilliat-Ray (Cardiff University)
Dr Carl Morris (University of Central Lancashire)
Dr Mahmood Chandia (University of Central Lancashire)
Mobeen Butt (Muslim Museum Initiative)
Chris Moses (Cambridge University)

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.

UCLan is the eighth largest university in the UK in terms of student numbers, enrolling students from over 100 countries and having partnerships with 125 international institutions located across the world. In 2010 UCLan became the first modern university in the UK to be included in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.

For any queries or further information, please contact the conference organisers at muslimleadersconference@gmail.com.


Directions to Preston and a map of the UCLan campus featuring the Foster Building can be found here: http://www.uclan.ac.uk/visit/how_to_find_us.php.
You may also find the National Rail website helpful for planning your visit: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/.