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Islam and the West: a personal perspective

Sir Michael Atiyah: Islam and the West: a personal perspective

Sir Michael Atiyah will discuss aspects of the relationship between Islam and the West from a historical perspective, building on his personal involvement. He will emphasise the cultural, scientific and commercial interactions over the centuries which brought benefits to both sides. But he will also trace the hostility initiated by the crusades, inherited by the colonial era, culminating in the present time in the demonisation of Islam and the rise of extremism on all sides. He will look at the ethical issues involved as well as the political and security aspects.
Michael Atiyah’s father was Lebanese and his mother Scottish. Michael grew up in Sudan and Egypt and spent most of his adult life in England, the USA and Scotland. He is a distinguished mathematician and has played prominent leadership roles in science and academia. He is also a noted public intellectual, speaking out with vigour and passion on matters of topical political concern. Atiyah on Islam and the West is sure to be a stimulating event.
Sir Martin Ryle (1918-1984), FRS, Astronomer Royal, Nobel Laureate, was a physicist, radio astronomer, engineer, champion of the constructive use of science and technology, and passionate critic of injustice and militarism. The Martin Ryle Trust is a registered charity that continues Ryle’s efforts in promoting justice, peace and the constructive uses of science and technology.
Proceeds from this event will be used to fund work to further this goal.
Professor Sir Thomas W B (Tom) Kibble, FRS, CBE (23 December 1932 – 2 June 2016) was a Martin Ryle Trustee (and for a period its Chair) and was a key contributor to the planning of this first Martin Ryle lecture. The lecture is dedicated to the memory of Tom and his promotion of the social responsibility of scientists.
The event opens at 7:00 pm with a bar and light refreshments. Sir Michael's talk will start at 7:30 pm.
Seating is unreserved.


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Date and Time:

14 September 2016 at 7:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Conway Hall
Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
0207 242 8034

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