The late 1980s and early 1990s in Britain saw dramatic shifts in race relations. They saw the fracturing of a political ‘black’ identity; ethnic minority assertions to be British and about remaking what it is to be British; the manifestation of the social mobility of Indians and, above all, the emergence of Muslim identity politics in the Rushdie Affair. These issues were the subject of Tariq Modood's Not Easy Being British. One of the first books to note these developments and analyse their implications, Not Easy became an underground classic.
In this new collection (pdf, 430kb), Tariq Modood returns to some of these topics, considering especially the growth of Muslim political assertiveness and the reactions to it in the context of rethinking multiculturalism and Britishness. Modood’s reflections and bold interventions in controversies – which characterise his work and have made him a renowned intellectual commentator on Muslim politics and multiculturalism – could not be more relevant to our fraught and fearful times.
Lord Plant is Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Philosophy at King's College London having previously served as Master of St Catherine's College, Oxford from 1994-2000. In the Lords he is a member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights and has been a member of the Government and Law Sub Committee of the Committee on the European Communities. He is the author of several books on political philosophy, and is also a Lay Canon at Winchester Cathedral.
Lord Plant's lecture will address recent changes in liberal law which he argues expose its inability to mediate fairly between different religions. Rather, 'neutral' liberalism is itself a matter of faith and existential choice on a level with the comprehensive doctrines it seeks to transcend. This raises the question of how to defend liberalism's exclusion of religious belief from the public realm.
The Lecture will be followed by a Reception in the Social Sciences Foyer, Priory Road. All are welcome.
A reception was recently held to celebrate the Centre's 10th anniversary. Professor Tariq Modood presented a summary (pdf, 133kb) of the Centre's accomplishments.