Videos and violence – Defending Islam and free speech
By Nigel Wilson The online publication of the Innocence of Muslims video was the catalyst for violent and at times deadly protests in some countries. In the UK the series of events has pushed debates on freedom of expression and cultural sensitivity into the mainstream. For October’s First Wednesday an expert panel took to the […]
Radical: Democracy, Not Islamism
Report by Jim Treadway "We were attacked by hammers, by screwdrivers, by knives, by clubs with nails," Maajid Nawaz said of the attacks he faced as the teenage son of Pakistani immigrants in Essex, South London, in the early 1990s. "These were men in their 20s, with shaved heads…it was a sport for them. They […]
Insight with Maajid Nawaz: My Journey from Islamist Extremism to a Democratic Awakening
Having journeyed into and out of Islamic extremism Maajid Nawaz remains a Muslim but is a leading critic of his former Islamist ideological dogma. He will be joining us to discuss this journey and the work he now does educating young people about democracy, undoing everything he had once been prepared to die for.