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July 7th Islam Expo organisers claim London bombing date "a coincidence" for radical Islamist da'wa fest

July 13, 2006

Islam Expo: A great success
Islam Expo concluded on Sunday 9 July 2006 with great success. Since it opened on Thursday 6 July, the four-day unprecedented Islamic culture and arts festival at Alexandra Palace in North London was visited by tens of thousands of people. Scores of exhibitors from the UK and abroad participated including banking corporations, media companies, charities, museums, art galleries and Islamic cultural foundations. No less than eighty UK and international guest speakers made presentations at a series of well attended seminars that ran in parallel throughout the duration of the Expo.

The organisers wish to thank all those who contributed to the success of this magnificent festival which we hope will become a regular event. Our profound gratitude is hereby extended to all the visitors, the exhibitors, the representatives of the British and international media, the guest speakers, and the hundreds of volunteers from FOSIS and other UK Muslim organisations.

IslamExpo would not have materialised without the sponsorship of several organisations that deemed the project a great opportunity for UK Muslims, the city of London and Muslims around the world. Foremost among the sponsoring agencies whose support made it possible for IslamExpo to take place have been the London Development Agency, the office of the Mayor of London and the Qatari Council for Culture and Arts.


10 July 2006


Launch of The Cordoba Foundation

The Cordoba Foundation (TCF) will hold its official launch on the 7th of July 2006, exactly one year on from the tragic London bombings, at the illustrious Islam Expo event at Alexandra Palace in London.

With the objectives of promoting the process of dialogue, providing unique insights of potential interaction and exchange between cultures, ideologies and intellects as well as training a new crop of specialists in the various fields of concern, TCF hopes to work hand-in-hand with other organisations and centres to promote better appreciation and understanding of ‘the other'.

A distinguished line-up of experts will be speaking or attending the launch, including Professor Tariq Ramadan, Professor John Esposito, and former Iraq hostage and Christian peace-maker, Dr. Norman Kember.

Explaining the objectives of TCF, Mr. Anas Altikriti, Chief Executive and founder said: "in light of recent events, some have pushed the argument of the impossibility of a peaceful and constructive co-existence between the West and the Muslim World. However, not so long-ago, we experienced what was arguably one of the most splendid examples of unprecedented human advancement where communities of diverse religions, ideas and cultures not only co-existed, but also excelled in all walks of life. The civilisation which emerged from Cordoba, is not unique in itself, but is also a beacon of hope for all of us in these difficult and trying times".

Provisional Programme
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Seminars & Panels


The London Olympics: A Triumph For Multiculturalism
Tessa Jowell, Ken Livingstone, Sebastian Coe

Islam and the West: Toward Better Relations

Jacques Waardenburg

Muslims in Britain: Facts & Challenges
Humayun Ansari, Iqbal Sacranie

The Islamic civilisation: Scientific Traditions in Islam
Roshdi Rashed

Hidden Quranic Treasures Unveiled
Zaghloul El-Najjar

Extraordinary Women of Islam
Jennifer Heath, Aisha Lemu

We All Speak Arabic
Qasim Al-Samarrai, Peter Clark

Jihad: Holy War?
John Esposito, Jamal Badawi

Social Justice in Islam
Jamal Badawi, Randi Deguilhem

History of Maghrebi Calligraphy

Abdullateef Whiteman

Palestine 58 Years After the Nakbah
John Rose, Daud Abdullah, Azzam Tamimi, Abdelwahhab El-Messiri

Earthly Paradise: The Art of the Islamic Garden

Anne-Marie Brennan, Emma Clark

Muhammad: Seal of the Prophets

Adil Salahi, Riyadh Ul Haq

British Muslims & Political Participation
Nazir Ahmed, Sadiq Khan, Anas Altikriti, Inayat Bungalwala

Democratic Change in the Muslim World: Prospects & Obstacles
John Esposito, Abdelwahhab El-Affendi, Mohammed Ayoob

Islamic Schools: A Vessel of Integration or Isolation?
Ibrahim Hewitt, Rebecca Williams, Saeed Akhtar Bhutta,Tahir Alam

Islamophobia: The New Face of Hatred of the Other
Nihad Awad, Doug Jewell, Andrew Murray, Soumaya Ghannoushi

The Spirit of Islamic Art
Khalid Azzam,Timothy Stanley

Reform and Revivalism in the Islamic Tradition

Qazi Hussain, Rafiq Abdessalam, Abdelwahhab El-Messiri

Iraq: The record of three years of occupation
Haifa Zangana, Anas Altikriti, Lindsey German

Ask the Sheikh
Sheikh Haytham Tamim

Muslim Contributions to Medicine & Physics
Emily Savage-Smith, Mohamed El-Gomati

Ethical Foundations of Islamic Environmentalism

Fazlun Khalid

Muslims & the Left: Partners for a Better World

Redmond O'Neil, Salma Yaqoob, Anas Altikriti

Nutrition Science from the Quran

Jamil Al-Qudsi Dweik

Al-Andalus: When East and West lived side by side
Salaheddine El-Djazairi

Hijab: Obstacle to Success?
Khadija Benguenna, Merve Kavakci, Raghad Altikriti

Timbuktu: A Centre of Islamic Scholarship

Ali Ould Sidi

The West and its Others
Richard Drayton, Jacques Waardenburg

Panel Discussions:

To be a Muslim Artist: An audience with a host of world-renowned Muslim artists

Reporting Islam: World-Renowned Journalists Share Their Experiences of Covering the Muslim World
Frank Gardner, Abdelbari Atwan, Waddah Khanfar

Role models: - An Audience with a Host of Successful Muslim Women
Merve Kavakci, Ilham Al-Qaradawi, Aisha Lemu, Leila Aboulela, Khadija Benguenna

A Woman's Journey to Islam
Rebecca Williams, Yvonne Ridley, Batool Toma

Muslim youth between British identity and the Ummah
Tariq Ramadan, Anas Altikriti, Madeleine Bunting, Salma Yaqoob, Wakkas Khan

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