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“Europe’s ‘Other’ Faith. Islam in German History and its Implications for Britain Today.”

Teachers and pupils of RE are warmly invited to a free, public talk and discussion with Dr. James Hodkinson (Warwick University) and Dr. Abdullah Sahin (MIHE).


Co-hosted with St Michael’s House, Coventry Cathedral.


Wednesday May 4, 2016, Coventry Cathedral; 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm.


In this lecture, James Hodkinson will talk about how Islam and Muslims figured in German history and culture from the 18th century until the First World War. Instead of merely offering a narrative history, the talk will use images, objects and texts to draw out key themes in an accessible and engaging manner. It will explore how, across German history, Islam was represented in terms of its changing mutual differences and similarities to German culture, how political agendas impacted on the portrayal of Muslims across a wide range of media, and how Islam has struggled to position itself and maintain its identity in a secular world. In his response, Muslim educational theorist Abdullah Sahin will reflect on how these ideas still pertain to contemporary world, and in particular to Britain. An open discussion will follow.


The talk would suit engaged GCSE and ‘A’ level students and teachers of Religious Education, as well as those with an interest in the history of Europe and the Islamic world, and current debates around Islam and faith in general. This is not a ticketed event, though advance warning of the size of your group would be appreciated.


For this and for further enquiries can be made from James Hodkinson: 


Tel: 07779 255167