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Literary Festival 2011 - Literature and Islamophobia: Muslima Authors Speak Out

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Speaker(s): Shelina Zahra Janmohamed, Senay Özdemir, Naema Tahir
Chair: Professor Luc Bovens

Recorded on 19 February 2011 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.

There are few places in Europe in which the voices of multiculturalism and Islamophobia have clashed more forcefully than in the Netherlands, often in the most dramatic ways. To name just a few, Pim Fortuyn, Theo Van Gogh, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and most recently Geert Wilders have been very much in the international press over the last decade. In the UK we are now 14 years on from the publication of the influential Runnymede Trust report Islamophobia: a Challenge for us All which sets out an agenda for overcoming social exclusion of British Muslims. Fiction writers from Muslim backgrounds have played an important role in the debate about multiculturalism and Islamophobia. We will explore how they see their art as a tool to facilitate cross-cultural dialogue and political discourse about integration.

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