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Civilisational Dialogue: Islam and the West

LSE and LSESU Malaysian Singapore Society public lecture

One of the ironies of our time is that while the world has grown smaller through technology and communication, the global village seems to be more fractious and contentious than ever before. East against west, North again South. Entire civilizations are neatly defined and then pitted against one another in epic battles of words and deeds. This need not be the case. Peace and security are possible when we discard our strictest and most parochial religious, political, and cultural identities and instead rediscover common ground based on fundamental principles of mutual respect and human dignity, and embrace the diversity of the human experience in all its forms and expressions.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1993-1998. He also served as Minister of Finance for Malaysia from 1991-1998. He served as Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports in 1983; Minister of Agriculture in 1984; and Minister of Education in 1986, prior to his tenure as Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister in the 90s. Anwar also was Chairman of the Development Committee of World Bank and International Monetary Fund in 1998. During his tenure he strongly endorsed the initiatives of debt cancellation and reprieve for poor countries, particularly those in Africa.

Since 2004 he has held lecturing positions at St. Anthony’s College at Oxford, the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and at the School of Foreign Service in Georgetown University. Anwar was recently appointed as Honorary President of the London-based group AccountAbility as well as Chairman of the Beirut-based Foundation for the Future. Anwar is also currently advisor to the People’s Justice Party (Keadilan), Malaysia.


Anwar Ibrahim | talks
Chair: Dr Katerina Dalacoura | talks


Date and Time:

15 March 2007 at 4:00 pm


1 hour



Old Theatre
LSE Old Building
Houghton Street
020 7955 6043
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London School of Economics & Political Science
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