Exploring the place and role of religion in British society today

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    The End of Religious Freedom and the Return of Religious Influence

The End of Religious Freedom and the Return of Religious Influence

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Recorded on 7 February 2017 at Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

After the collapse of modern quasi-religions, religions themselves have been ideologised, while at the same time atheism has become a politics and genuine religious elements challenge secular legitimacy. Once religion returns to influence, liberal religious tolerance is exposed as an attempt to marginalise […]

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    Equality for Secular Belief and Minority Faiths? Reflections on the Commission on Religion in British Public Life

Equality for Secular Belief and Minority Faiths? Reflections on the Commission on Religion in British Public Life

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Recorded on 11 October at CLM 2.02, Clement House

One of the challenges today in relation to the place of religion in British public life is how to ‘recognise’ secular belief and minority faiths at a time when they are showing a certain vitality, with that of a declining Christian heritage. In this talk […]

Anti-Semitism in the Modern Age

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Speaker: Professor Yehuda Bauer
Chair: Professor Kevin Featherstone

Recorded on 7 September 2016 at Old Theatre, Old Building

Professor Bauer will explore the fault lines and distinctions between radical criticism of the Israeli government’s policies, anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, touching on the anti-Semitism controversy that has rocked the UK Labour Party in recent months. He will delve into […]

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    Tariq Ramadan: Equal Rights and Equal Dignity of Human Beings

Tariq Ramadan: Equal Rights and Equal Dignity of Human Beings

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Speaker: Professor Tariq Ramadan
Chair: Professor Craig Calhoun

Recorded on 6 June 2016 at Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

In our globalised world, pluralism is a fact and equality, a hope. We need to start with the basic statement reminding every one of us that we are all equal and we should be treated with the same […]

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    On British Islam: Religion, Law and Everyday Practice in Shari`a Councils

On British Islam: Religion, Law and Everyday Practice in Shari`a Councils

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Speaker: John Bowen
Chair: Esra Ozyurek

Recorded on 10 May 2016 at Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

In this talk, which accompanies the launch of a new book, John Bowen examines the history and everyday workings of Islamic Institutions in Britain, with a focus on shari’a councils. Bowen highlights British Muslims’ efforts to create institutions that make sense […]

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    Gwen Griffith-Dickson: Religion, Security and Strategy: an unholy trinity?

Gwen Griffith-Dickson: Religion, Security and Strategy: an unholy trinity?

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Speaker: Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson
Chair: Professor Craig Calhoun

Recorded on 9 May 2016 at Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

The uneasy relationship between the state and religion is most sharply seen in the context of security, terrorism and religious violence. Should people of faith serve government strategies on counter-terrorism?

Gwen Griffith-Dickson is the Founder and Director of Lokahi and […]

Charles Taylor and Craig Calhoun: The Future of Faith

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Speakers: Professor Charles Taylor and Professor Craig Calhoun
Chair: Rvd Dr James Walters

Charles Taylor is a Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at McGill University. His recent works include: Modern Social Imaginaries, A Secular Age, and Laïcité et Liberté de Conscience (with Jocelyn Maclure).

Craig Calhoun (@craigjcalhoun) is Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

James Walters is chaplain to […]

Charles Taylor: Democracy, Diversity, Religion

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Speaker: Professor Charles Taylor
Chair: Professor Craig Calhoun

Recorded on 1 December 2015 at Old Theatre, Old Building

Professor Charles Taylor will look at the constant temptation for modern democracies to veer towards exclusion. This is despite them being founded on a principle of inclusion, and is due to a weakness built into motivations which democracies draw upon. […]

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    The Book and the Believer: are Catholics, Jews and Muslims still outsiders in British society?

The Book and the Believer: are Catholics, Jews and Muslims still outsiders in British society?

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Speaker(s): Sughra Ahmed, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Dr Ruth Gilbert, Dr Edward Kessler
Chair: Professor Conor Gearty

Recorded on 15 October 2015 at Old Theatre, Old Building

The Institute of Public Affairs, in partnership with the Pears Foundation and the Woolf Institute, Cambridge, will host an interfaith discussion on the theme “The Book and the Believer: are Catholics, Jews and […]

Money and its Redemption

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Speaker(s): Dr Laura Bear, Professor David Graeber, Professor Bill Maurer
Chair: Reverend Dr Giles Fraser

Recorded on 7 May 2015 at Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Can “bad money” be made good? Leading economic anthropologists will debate the morality of money, philosophies of philanthropy, and the lure of redemption.

Laura Bear is Associate Professor of Anthropology at LSE.

David Graeber […]