"It is no exaggeration to say that Muslim assertiveness has stimulated a variety of religious actors in politics, including Christian churches and groups, has prompted interfaith public cooperation, and has forced politicians, governments, public commentators, intellectuals and so on to rethink taken-for-granted uncritical ideas about secularism."
On 19 September 2012, Tariq Modood set the scene for the workshop on The Politics of Religious Diversity, which presented findings from two major research projects into the inclusion of Muslims in British political life: Muslim Participation in Contemporary Governance (MPCG) and ACCEPT Pluralism. A high profile panel of Kris Hopkins MP, Sunder Katwala and Fiyaz Mughal responded to the presentations. An audience of about 70 from universities, local government, think tanks, religious institutions, and civil society organisations contributed with questions and debate.
The proceedings from the event, including audio recordings, presentations and a detailed report (PDF, 419kB), are available on this page. ACCEPT Pluralism is funded by the European Commission's 7th Framework Programme. MPCG is funded by the AHRC/ESRC joint research programme on Religion & Society.
Fiyaz Mughal, Kris Hopkins MP, Tariq Modood, Sunder Katwala (from left to right)