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Voluntary Apartheid? An Emergency Debate on Muslims in the UK

Head to Head: Yvonne Ridley (Islam Channel) vs. David Aaronovitch (Times)

The focus on the Muslim community in Britain has genuinely escalated in recent weeks with numerous comments and news-stories across the mass media. The shadow home secretary, David Davis, attacked Muslim leaders for risking "voluntary apartheid" in Britain, Prime Minister Blair described the wearing of the niqab as "a mark of separation" and Trevor Phillips, Head of the Commission of Racial Equality warned the defensiveness of some in the Muslim communities …could be the trigger for the grim spiral that produced riots in the north of England five years ago. Only this time the conflict would be much worse".

Are Muslims guilty of wilfully segregating themselves from wider society?

Does the wearing of the full-face veil signify disrespect to others?

Should minorities abandon their cultural practices if wider society disapproves?

Is freedom of expression under threat?

Does Islam oppress Women?


Ms. Yvonne Ridley | talks
Mr. David Aaronovitch | talks | www


Date and Time:

31 October 2006 at 6:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Lecture Theatre 2, Sir Alexander Fleming Building (SAF)
Imperial College London
South Kensington Campus

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