Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World

Muslims and Political Participation in Britain: Conference 2012

Muslims play a prominent role in British political life and this conference showcased current research into Muslim participation both in terms of electoral politics and civil society initiatives.


John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh

20th and 21st April 2012

The conference was organised by the Alwaleed Centre at the University of Edinburgh in partnership with the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge and the Muslims in Britain Research Network (MBRN).

Conference papers available online

Most of the papers delivered at this conference were recorded. You can listen to them online by clicking on the link below.

Photographs of the conference can also be viewed on the Edinburgh Alwaleed Centre's Flickr account by clicking on the second link.

Listen to conference papers

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Special Event at the Scottish Parliament

In addition to the academic conference, on the evening of Friday 20th April we also hosted a public conversation event entitled ‘Muslims and the political process in Scotland’. The event took place at the Scottish Parliament and followed a ‘Question Time’ format with members of the public posing questions to our panel which included Muslim representatives from the four largest political parties in Scotland:

Hamira Khan (former Scottish Conservative Party)

Hanzala Malik MSP (Scottish Labour Party)

Shabnum Mustapha (former Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate)

Humza Yousaf MSP (Scottish National Party)

The event was chaired by Professor Mona Siddiqui OBE.

Watch this event online

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