Attend a two–day international conference
on the Religious-Right, Secularism
and Civil Rights, which will be held in London
during 11-12 October 2014 at the Tower Hotel.
Notable speakers from around the world
will be joining us for a weekend of discussions and debates on the Religious Right, its attacks on civil rights and freedoms, and the role of secularism for 21st century humanity.
The conference will be held at the
4 star Tower Hotel with spectacular views of the River Thames and the Tower of London.
It will be held in London, one of the most culturally vibrant cities in the world.
The city has over 170 museums with 11 national museums as well as four UNESCO world heritage sites: Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich, Westminster Palace and Kew’s Royal Botanic Gardens.
The Arab uprisings; ‘Sharia’ and religious laws; the burqa and conspicuous religious symbols; freedom of expression, apostasy, blasphemy and free thought; ‘Islamophobia’ and racism; minorities versus citizenship; the far-Right; honour crimes; faith schools and religious education; reproductive rights and secular values will be discussed.
The Conference will be based on interactive participation, dialogue, and regional and thematic forums.
A C Grayling is Professor of Philosophy and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. He has written and edited many books on philosophy and other subjects. He writes for various papers and is a frequent broadcaster on BBC radio. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and in 2003 was a Booker Prize judge. He is also Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society.
One Law for All Campaigner,
Aliyah Saleem spent 6 years in an Islamic school in Britain and 1 year in Pakistan. In Britain, she was veiled, prohibited from using a camera and mobile phone. She was expelled when a camera was confiscated during a surprise room check and revealed an unveiled photo of herself. The experience traumatised her and she now campaigns for secular education for all.
One Law for All,
Amal Farah was born in the Somali capital Mogadishu and now resides in England. She was raised in a conservative Muslim household that practised a purist and literal interpretation of Islam. At 17, she began to explore Islam deeply, and came to the conclusion several years later, whilst studying for a Molecular Biology degree, that she no longer believed in Islam. She is Spokesperson for the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and One Law for All.
University of Manouba, Tunisia
Amel Grami is a Professor at the University of Manouba, Tunisia, where she has been teaching for twenty years. She was on the frontlines of Manouba’s successful struggle to defy a Salafist siege last year. Today, she is one of the world’s leading experts on Religion and Women’s Studies. She has made multiple contributions to international seminars and round tables, is a writer and responsible for the translation program of intellectual and civilization works in Tunisia National Center for Translation.
Amina Sboui was threatened after posting topless photos of herself on Facebook carrying the slogan: “My Body is not the Source of Anyone’s Honour”. An international campaign was launched on her behalf. On 1 May, Amina tried to enter the meeting of the Congress for the Republic to denounce a Minister. On May 19, she was arrested for having scrawled a slogan on the wall of a cemetery in Kairouan. Though she was sentenced to more than two years imprisonment, she was released in August 2013.
Bahram Soroush is a founding member of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. He is a social and political analyst and commentator that has been interviewed in a variety of British and international news media, including the BBC, ITN and New Channel TV. He is a Central Committee member of the Worker-communist Party of Iran and a co-host of Bread and Roses, a political-social TV magazine.
Ben Baz Aziz is a blogger -since 2010 and writer at Ithink magazine. Presenter at Arab Atheist broadcasting. He focuses on LGBT and atheist rights in the Middle East. He was working at the Kuwaiti Centre for Active Citizenship when he was arrested and imprisoned on 31/12/2012 for blasphemy. He was released on 14/2/2014 and is now living in Egypt.
Caroline Fourest is a French writer, editor of the magazine ProChoix, and author of Frère Tariq, a critical look at the works of Tariq Ramadan. She has written many books on such topics as the conservative right, the pro-life movement and on current fundamentalist trends in Abrahamic religions. She served as President of the Gay and Lesbian Center and has received several awards for her work, including the National award of “Laïcité” in 2005, and the “Award of the political book” in 2006.