15 Mar – Book Club with Tawseef Khan, author of ‘Muslim, Actually’

How Islam is misunderstood and why it matters? Join the discussion with us on the International Day to Combat Islamophobia – 15th March at 20:00 CET

About this event

Our book club is a warm and welcoming get-together, an opportunity to share ideas and connect with other people. We welcome anyone interested in the book up for discussion, but particularly those who work in civil society across Europe – and especially equality, anti-discrimination and faith based civil society organisations.

On Tuesday 15th March, the International Day to Combat Islamophobia, we’re delighted to be welcoming Tawseef Khan, human rights activist, solicitor, and author of Muslim, Actually: How Islam is misunderstood and why it matters.

Across western societies, Muslims are perhaps more misunderstood than any other minority. How did we get here? In this landmark book, Tawseef Khan draws on history, memoir and original research to show what it is really like to live as a Muslim in the West.

This book club meeting is delivered in partnership with the European Network of Religion & Belief and Faith Network for Manchester.

Sadia Akram, Steps to Recovery Advisor for Civil Society Consulting CIC in Manchester, will lead the conversation with Tawseef, followed by an open Q&A session.

‘Meticulously researched and thought-provoking… an utterly convincing treatise on Muslim identity… Even readers who consider themselves sympathetic and well informed should find food for thought in the depth of analysis Khan offers… the book’s defining characteristics are humanity and hope.’ Business Post

1 March – Book Club with Rami, Bassam & ‘Apeirogon’ author Colum McCann

FODIP, ENORB & Civil Society Book Club: Conversation with Bassam Aramin, Rami Elhanan & author Colum McCann of award-winning ‘Apeirogon’

Our bookclub is a warm and welcoming get-together, an opportunity to share ideas and connect with other people. We welcome anyone interested in the book up for discussion, but particularly those who work in the not-for-profit sector and faith based civil society organisations across Europe (and further afield!).

On Tuesday 1st March 19.00 CET (18.00 GMT), we’re delighted to be welcoming Bassam Aramin, a Palestinian and Rami Elhana, an Israeli; two men with much in common, sadly losing their daughters in the conflict. They will be sharing their story along with Irish author Colum McCann who told the story of their friendship and loss through his award-winning novel, Apeirogon.

Participation in this online event is via a donation (however small!) – with the funds raised then supporting Rami and Bassam’s interfaith work with their Abir Smadar Foundation.

This book club is delivered in partnership with Forum for Discussion of Israel and Palestine (FODIP) and the European Network on Religion & Belief (ENORB). FODIP is a well-established registered charity in the UK, facilitating positive dialogue with and between Muslims, Christians and Jews on the issue of Palestine and Israel. They promote cooperation through dialogue and the opportunity to listen and share different narratives and perspectives.

The Director of the European Network on Religion & Belief, Mark Ereira-Guyer and FODIP’s co-ordinator, Sadia Akram will lead the conversation and facilitate an open Q&A session at this special event.