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PRESS RELEASE: ATTACK ON FINSBURY PARK MOSQUE 19 JUNE 2017:

We condemn the terror attack on Finsbury Park Mosque in London last night. This was an attack on innocent people going about their prayers. Acts of hate and violence against any human beings have no place in society. The heroic spirit of solidarity that brought communities together faced with other incidents of heinous violence, is the same spirit that will prevail today. Our response, as Londoners, to any attempt to sow seeds of violence and discord, is "united we stand". The shared values of diverse cultures and faiths that make up our cosmopolitan nation is our strength, and as a nation we will not be intimidated or beaten. Of something we can be sure, these recurring attrocities prove how united we are as a nation and how we support each other. Our prayers and condolences go out to the victims and their families.

 
 
PRESS RELEASE: LONDON BRIDGE ATTACK ON 3 JUNE 2017:

We stand in solidarity with the whole nation in condemning yet another horrific attack on innocent people in the UK. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of the London Bridge atrocity, and we give credit to the police, ambulance and other social services for the selfless and brave manner in which they have dealt with the tragedy. The full force of the law must be brought to bear on the perpetrators for their crimes against humanity. Their attempts to cause fear, division and resentment between communities must not succeed. London is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, and its communities will always stand united and fearless. All communities must be extra vigilant in these times to help prevent further atrocities and any attempts to create hatred and discord. In the best spirit of British tradition, together we will face pain and adversity with strength and fortitude.

 
 
PRESS RELEASE: MANCHESTER ATTACK ON 22 MAY 2017:

We utterly condemn and denounce the horrendous attack and carnage inflicted on the innocent and mainly young citizens of Manchester. It is not only morally despicable to target any human being and particularly the vulnerable in this murderous way, but a crime of monumental proportions as far as humanity is concerned. We extend our deep condolences to the families of those who have lost loved ones, to those who have suffered injuries, and to the people of Manchester, victims of this depraved savagery. The murderous "ideals" of these terrorists have no basis whatsoever in faith, and their twisted ideological delusions must be challenged strongly at all levels. This savageextremism only seeks to instigate discord, division and hatred. We urge communities to stand in solidarity and not allow evil factions with evil motives to disunite the peace and security of our nation. Communities need to remain united and in a climate of shared values and pluralism, so that these inhuman attempts to spread fear and alienate communities are crushed and not allowed to succeed.

 
 
 
PROFESSOR ALI MAZRUI PASSES AWAY 13TH OCTOBER 2014

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Professor Ali Mazrui accepting AMSS's first Lifetime Achievement Award on 14th June 2000.

PROFESSOR ALI MAZRUI, the first recipient of the distinguished AMSS UK Lifetime Achievement Award, has passed away

It is with great sadness that we mark the passing away of world renowned scholar, and leading African academic and intellectual, Professor Ali Mazrui who died on 13 October 2014 aged 81. During an outstanding academic career which spanned many decades he earned both national and international respect for the depth of his scholarship and impressive writing. A man of great character as well as intellect, he exuded joviality and charm. He also made history on Wednesday 14 June 2000 by becoming the first African to launch a book and address a distinguished audience at the Moses Room, The House of Lords, UK. Dr Anas Al-Shaikh-Ali, CBE, Chairman of the AMSS (UK), marked the occasion by presenting Professor Ali Mazrui with the AMSS's first and newly established Lifetime Achievement Award.

 
 
GLOBAL LEADERSHIP TRAINING MODULE FOR IIUM STUDENT - AUGUST 2014

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The AMSS UK was pleased to organise a scholastic module for a group of IIUM High Achievers and SRC Members in London as part of the IIUM Global Leadership Trainging for students. The event took place 24th-25th August 2014 at Malaysia Hall in London. Lecturers included Dr. Mehmet Asutay, Dr. Bassam Saeh, Mrs. Imelda Ryan, Mrs. Kathleen Roche-Nagi, and Dr. Anas Al-Shaikh-Ali (Chair, AMSS UK). A selection of IIIT publications was presented to students, administrators and lecturers.

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ANNOUNCEMENT - RT REV BISHOP DESMOND TUTU AWARDED AMSS UK 2013 BUILDING BRIDGES AWARD

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The AMSS UK is pleased to annouce that it will be presenting their 2013 Building Bridges Award to Rt Rev Bishop Desmond Tutu.


The Award is being presented in recognition of Bishop Tutu’s sustained and courageous efforts to promote peace, harmony and goodwill, both locally and internationally, for passionately championing the cause of human rights across the world, and for working tirelessly towards realizing a climate of reconciliation and social cohesion for all, uplifting the human spirit and infusing it with dignity and hope.

Please click here for the annoucement flyer (pdf).

 
 
AWARD - PROFESSOR NADIA MUSTAFA - MARCH 2013

The AMSS (UK) LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for 2010 was presented to PROFESSOR NADIA MUSTAFA, the former Professor of International Relations, University of Cario, Egypt, in recognition of outstanding scholarship, research and prolific writing on the study of the impact of religion on society, Western and Islamic paradigms of international relations theory, and analysis of intercultural dialogue. The award was presented to Professor Mustafa on 26th March 2013 in Cairo, Egypt, at an event organised in her honour by IIIT. Click here for award announcement (pdf).
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NEW OCCASIONAL PAPERS FOR 2012

The AMSS UK have produced two new publications in their Occasional Paper Series.

Occasional Paper No 3: Europe & the Near East: The Presence & Absence of Metals by Jack Goody, queries the assumption of the earlier advantage of the West in attaining industrialization.
12pp, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-56564-589-9

Occasional Paper No 2: Henry Stubbe & the Prophet Muhammad: Challenging Misrepresentation by Nabil Matar, discusses the history of medieval and early modern European writings about the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) which shows a consistent pattern of misunderstanding.
28pp, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-56564-586-8
 
 
AWARD - PROFESSOR AHMET DAVUTOGLU - OCTOBER 2012

The AMSS (UK) BUILDING BRIDGES AWARD for 2010 was presented to PROFESSOR AHMET DAVUTOGLU, the Foreign Minister of Turkey, in recognition of outstanding scholarly service, exceptional work on building bridges between communities and nations, and developing peaceful solutions to conflict. The award was presented to Professor Davutoglu on 9th October 2012 in Turkey. Click here for award presentation press release (pdf). Click here for article in Asharq Al-Awsat (external link).
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AWARD - DR. ANWAR IBRAHIM - OCTOBER 2012

The AMSS (UK) LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for 2010 was presented to DR. ANWAR IBRAHIM, the former deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, in recognition of long and distinguished service in the field of politics and economic thought, the promotion of the cause of good governance, and commitment to the principles of freedom, tolerance and justice. The award was presented at a lecture by Dr. Anwar Ibrahim, on 4th October 2012 at Sorbonne, Malesherbes,108 Boulevard Malesherbes 75850 Paris cedex 17, FRANCE. Click here for award presentation press release (pdf).
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LECTURE - DR. ANWAR IBRAHIM - LONDON 21st SEPTEMBER 2012

The lecture "ISLAM AND MULTICULTURALISM: The South East Asian Experience" was delivered by Dr Anwar Ibrahim, the Former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, on 21st September 2012 at the University of Westminster, London, UK. The event was organised by The Democracy and Islam Programme, Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, in cooperation with The Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS UK). Dr Ibrahim's lecture and was well received, followed by a question & answer session. For more information click here for the lecture flyer (pdf). More photos can be seen on the AMSS UK news page.

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A SHARED FUTURE CONFERENCE - 30TH MARCH 2012

The British Council together with the HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge, and other partners (including AMSS UK), held a conference Acknowledging a Shared Past to Build a Shared Future: Rethinking Muslim/Non-Muslim Relations 28-30 March 2012 at the Centre in Cambridge. Dr Anas Al-Shaikh-Ali (Chair, AMSS UK), Martin Rose (British Council) and Simon Kuper (Journalist, The Financial Times) joined a panel discussion to detail some of the lessons learned when the British Council and AMSS UK priduced a guide for the media to better understand British Muslims. The panel discussion was chaired by Rosemary Hilhorst, OBE, Regional Director, European Union, British Council. The British Muslims Media Guide was written by Ehsan Masood in 2006, and has since been translated into Arabic.

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[1] left to right: Ehsan Masood (Author of the Media Guide), Simon Kuper (Journalist, The Financial Times), and Rosemary Hilhorst, OBE (Regional Director, European Union, British Council).
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[2] left to right: Martin Rose (British Council) and Dr. Anas Al-Shaikh-Ali, CBE (Chair, AMSS UK).
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[3] The British Muslims Media Guide.
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[4] Arabic translation of the British Muslims Media Guide.
 
 
ISLAMOPHOBIA PAPERS PUBLISHED BY OUP 2011

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Oxford University Press published in 2011 Islamophobia: The Challenge of Pluralism in the 21st Century, edited by John L. Esposito and Ibrahim Kalin. Dr Anas Al-Shaikh-Ali, CBE, chair of AMSS UK, contributed a paper entitled Islamophobic Discourse Masquerading as Art and Literature: Combating Myth through Progressive Education. Click here for more information abou the publication on the publisher's website.

 
 
ISLAMOPHOBIA GUIDELINES FOR EDUCATORS PUBLISHED 2011

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OSCE/ODIHR, Council of Europe and UNESCO jointly published in 2011 the Guidelines for Educators on Countering Intolerance and Discrimination against Muslims - Addressing Islamophobia through Education booklet. Dr Anas Al-Shaikh-Ali, CBE, chair of AMSS UK, participated in meetings leading up to the production of the Guidelines, which draws upon knowledge and experience from education experts, teachers and teacher trainers, inter-governmental agencies and non-governmental organisations. Click here for more information about the guide on the OSCE website.

 
DR AL-SHAIKH-ALI, CBE - ISLAMOPHOBIA ARTICLE IN ASHARQ AL-AWSAT - 21ST APRIL 2011

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An article on Islamophobia by Dr Anas Al-Shaikh-Ali CBE, Academic Advisor to the IIIT in London UK, has recently been published in the Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat. Click here to read the Arabic article in full (external link to the Asharq Al-Awsat website).

 
 
NEW PUBLICATIONS:

ZAKI BADAWI MEMORIAL LECTURE NO. 3: A SHARED PAST FOR A SHARED FUTURE

Martin Rose argues that history is as often a polemical weapon as a dispassionate exploration of the past. It can, at worst, support entrenched positions and inhibit understanding – but it also offers solutions to difficult questions of identity and belonging in today’s Europe. Seeing both Muslim and traditional European accounts of their own history as teleological and springing from their respective cultures, he argues for a thoughtful and open-minded approach to the writing of an intercultural history that explores much more fully the role of the Muslim East as a contributor to the ‘modern’ European mind; and at the same time acknowledges the shared, inescapable and potentially creative legacy of common imperial histories for today’s Europe.

By Martin Rose, British Council

Pbk: £2.95
ISBN: 978–1–56564–447–2
31 pages

Published: 2009

Available for free download here (pdf)

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CITIZENSHIP, SECURITY & DEMOCRACY: MUSLIM ENGAGEMENT WITH THE WEST

Selected Papers from the Citizenship, Security, and Democracy conference held on September 1–3, 2006, organised by the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS UK) and the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA).

Edited by Dr. Wanda Krause


Hbk: £17.99
ISBN: 978–1–56564–444–1

Pbk: £12.99
ISBN: 978–1–56564–443–4

Hbk/Pbk: 308 pages

Published: October 2009

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Citizenship, Security and Democracy: Muslim Engagement with the West provides greater analysis of and seeks solutions to the challenges of citizenship, security and democracy through fresh and more varied perspectives as is related to Islamic discourse and Muslim communities and their activism in the West. These concerns have never been more pressing than today. Democracy has been a global endeavour and concern, as in its ideal form, it gives promise to liberty, freedoms and rights. However, after especially 9/11 and 7/7, securitization has become a more immediate goal, making security the driving discourse today. But, both security and democracy are becoming ever less attainable in today’s climate of increased division and cleavages along ideological lines and Islamophobia – an acute problem for citizenship in humanity.

The papers explore issues around citizenship and identity of the Muslim diaspora. Given the backdrop to a growing political discourse on the Muslim ‘Other’, framed through the events of 9/11 and 7/7 and increased tension as a result of this discourse framing, the aim was to help discern causes to the major challenges facing governments and the safety, freedoms and dignity of individuals globally. This was attempted through the study of Islamic thought and on-the-ground case study research of Muslim societies and communities. This conference marks one of the major events to have been organised where such a large number of scholars, experts, and activists from a wide range of ideological positions and professional backgrounds come together in an ambitious attempt to resolve the most pressing issues at the turn of the 21st century.

Click here for CSD Press Release (pdf). Click here for publications page.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WELCOME MESSAGE FROM DR. ANAS AL-SHAIKH-ALI, CBE, CHAIR OF AMSS (UK)

I would like to welcome you to the website of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS) UK. Here you will find information about our organisation, our publications and our events and conferences.

AMSS (UK) is dedicated to advancing Muslim scholarship; the promotion of the Islamic position in various academic disciplines; to keep Muslim scholars informed about current conceptual, methodological and analytical developments and promote greater interdisciplinary co-operation, in an effort towards generating informed, critical and creative Islamic alternatives and opinions on topical and emerging issues of academic relevance to Muslims.

AMSS (UK) has introduced two prestigous awards, namely the Lifetime Achievement and Building Bridges awards, that are intended to recognise and highlight the achievement of individuals who have made a significant contribution to Islamic thought and promotion. We were honoured to award recent recipients: Dr Mustafa Ceric The Grand Mufti of Bosnia (pictured above); Dr Rowan Williams The Archbishop of Canterbury; and jointly award Recep Tayyip Erdogan The Prime Minister of Turkey and J.L. Rodriquez Zapatero The Prime Minister of Spain.

 
 
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