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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).

 
PRESS RELEASE - 23RD MAY 2013

AMSS UK CONDEMNS BRUTAL MURDER IN WOOLWICH, LONDON, UK.

The AMSS UK is deeply shocked by the violent, barbaric and horrific murder in Woolwich and condemns such unjustifable acts of criminality and terror in the strongest terms possible. We express our deepest sympathy and condolences for the family of the victim. British people of all communities, cultures and faiths must stand united to defeat this evil attempt to create division, mistrust and fear within our rich and diverse society.

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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 - FRANCE 4th OCTOBER 2012

DOES THE ARAB SPRING HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BECOME A MUSLIM SPRING?
SPEAKER : Dr Anwar Ibrahim
DATE : 4th October 2012 at 5pm - All Welcome
VENUE : Sorbonne, Malesherbes,108 Boulevard Malesherbes 75850 Paris cedex 17, FRANCE
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LECTURE ORGANISED BY: The Institute of International and Strategic Relations (IRIS France), The Advanced Studies Research Centre (Belgium), in cooperation with The Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS UK).
Click here for lecture flyer (pdf).

 
AWARD - PROFESSOR NADIA MUSTAFA

The Association of Muslim Social Scientists (UK) is presenting its 2012 Lifetime Achievement award to Professor Nadia Mustafa in recognition of her 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. Click here for award announcement (pdf).
 
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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Award - Professor Bekir Karlığa, Bahçeşehir Üniversity & TRT - MAY 2012

The AMSS (UK) 2011 Lifetime Achievement award was jointly presented to Professor Bekir Karlığa, Civilization Studies Center, Bahçeşehir University, Turkey in recognition of his outstanding academic scholarship and intellectual contribution as well as his leading role in the documentary The River Flowing Westard, and to Bahçeşehir University and TRT in recognition of their supprt for the production snd dissemination of the documentary The River Flowing Westward. The awards were presented at an event at Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul, Turkey in May 2012. Awards jointly presented to Professor Bekir Karliga, Civilization Studies Center, Bahçeşehir University, Turkey, Enver Yucel, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Bahçeşehir University, Turkey, and Ibrahim Sahin, General Manager, TRT, Turkey, by Dr Anas Al-Shaikh-Ali, Chair AMSS UK, in the prescence of HE Bulent Arinc, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey. Click here to see photo/video gallery on awards page.

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AJISS CALL FOR PAPERS 2013

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The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS) will be producing a special issue on Islamist Spring? Islamists and the State: New Paradigms and Engagements, to be published in July 2013. To submit a research paper, a book review, or a shorter reflection piece for consideration, please refer to the Call for Papers for guidelines. Click here for more information on AJISS (external site). Submission deadline January 15th 2013.

 
 
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.
 
 
LECTURE & AWARD - PROFESSOR NABIL MATAR - 28TH MARCH 2012

A lecture by Professor Nabil Matar entitled "HENRY STUBBE AND THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD: CHALLENGING MISREPRESENTATION " was given on Wednesday 28th March 2012 at the University of Cambridge. At the lecture, Professor Matar was presented with the AMSS (UK) Building Bridges Award 2012 for pioneering scholarship on the relationship between Islamic civilisation and early modern Europe as well as raising awareness of the historical roots of Western perceptions of Islam. Click here for award press release. Click here for event & award flyer. Click here for lecture booklet and programme. Click here for details of the award and photos of the event. Click here for article in Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper (arabic, external link).

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BOSNIAN TRANSLATION OF 'FAITH' LECTURE PUBLISHED MARCH 2011

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A Bosnian translation of the lecture "Is Religion Making Itself Irrelevant?" has been published in the March 2011 issue of Muallim, a leading Bosnian Journal. The lecture was originally written and presented in English by Dr Anas Al-Shaikh-Ali, CBE, Chair of AMSS UK, at the Future of Faith in the Age of Globalisation conference held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hercegovina, 19-20 September 2010. Click here for more information on the conference and its themes.

 
 
MUSLIM YOUTH CONFERENCE PAPERS PUBLISHED BY CONTINUUM 2012

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Continuum Books published in January 2012 Muslim Youth: Challenges, Opportunites and Expectations, edited by Fauzia Ahmad and Mohammed Siddique Seddon. This publication is a collection of edited papers taken from the conference of the same title, organised by AMSS UK and the University of Chester. The conference was held at the University of Chester in March 2009. Click here for more information about the publication on the publisher's website, including a preview link. Click here for the original AMSS UK Conference Briefing document.

 
 
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.

 
LECTURE BY PROFESSOR JACK GOODY, KBE - 3RD JUNE 2011

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A lecture by Professor Jack Goody, KBE entitled "EUROPE AND THE NEAR EAST: THE PRESENCE AND ABSENCE OF METALS" was given on Friday 3rd June 2011 at the University of Westminster, London. Click here for more information on the lecture and the speaker. Click here for lecture programme. The AMSS Building Bridges Award for 2011 was presented to Professor Goody at the event. Click here for award press release. Click here for article on Prof Goody's award (external link to Asharq Alawsat).. Click here for review of Prof Goody's book Theft of History (external link to Asharq Alawsat).

 
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).

 
DR AL-SHAIKH-ALI, CBE - INTERVIEWED IN ASHARQ AL-AWSAT - 22ND MARCH 2011

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Dr Anas Al-Shaikh-Ali CBE, Academic Advisor to the IIIT in London UK, has recently been interviewed for the Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat. Click here to read the Arabic interview in full (external link to the Asharq Al-Awsat website).

 
ONE DAY CONFERENCE - POSTPONED UNTIL 2012

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THIS CONFERENCE HAS NOW BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL 2012.

A one day conference on Western Muslim Intellectuals & the Challenge of Islamic religious Reform will be held at Westminster University, London, UK. This conference seeks to focus mainly on the possible contribution of the western-based muslim intellectuals to religious reform, assessing their claims and examining the evidence from historical experience.



 
DR AL-SHAIKH-ALI, CBE APPEARS ON BOSNIAN TELEVISION - 20TH SEPTEMBER 2010
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Dr Anas Al-Shaikh-Ali, CBE appearing on Bosnian TV (TVSA) 20th September 2010 after the recent "Future of Faith in the Age of Globalisation" Conference held in Sarajevo, Bosnia 19th-20th September, organised by the Association of Muslim Social Scientists UK (AMSS UK), the Faculty of Islamic Studies in Sarajevo, and the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT).
 
 
FROM THE AMSS UK NEWS ARCHIVE - CHALLENGING STEROETYPES CONFERENCE 2006

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Dr Anas Al-Shaikh-Ali participating in the Challenging Stereotypes in Europe and the Islamic World conference held at Wilton Park, London on 3rd May 2006. Click here for the conference report (external site). Click here for FAIR Press Release (external site).

 
 
 
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.

 
 
PRESS RELEASE (12/08/2010): BUILDING BRIDGES AWARD 2010
The AMSS UK is pleased to announce that its prestigious 2010 Building Bridges Award has been awarded to: Professor Ahmet Davutoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, TURKEY in recognition of outstanding scholarly service, exceptional work on building bridges between communities and nations, and developing peaceful solutions to conflict. The Award will be presented at a ceremony to take place soon. Click here for full press release (PDF). Click here for article in Asharq Al-Awsat online edition (external link).
 
PRESS RELEASE (05/10/2010) : LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2010
The AMSS UK is pleased to announce that its prestigious 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award has been awarded to: Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim, former Deputy Prime Minister, 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 committment to the principles of freedom, tolerance and justice. The Award will be presented at a ceremony to take place soon. Click here for full press release (PDF).
 
 
ANNOUNCEMENT:
IIIT LONDON OFFICE ACADEMIC ADVISOR ON THE QUEEN'S HONOURS LIST

Dr Anas Dr. Anas Al-Shaikh-Ali, Director and Academic Advisor, IIIT London Office, has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for June 2009 by being awarded a CBE (Commander of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire). The citation in The London Gazette reads as follows:
Dr. Anas Al-Shaikh Ali, Academic Advisor, London Office, International Institute of Islamic Thought.  For Services to Community Relations
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According to Directgov website the “honours are given to people from all walks of life and all sections of society who have made a difference to their community. There are several different types of award, each one recognising a different type of contribution.” It adds that “the British honours system is one of the oldest in the world. It has evolved over 650 years as the country has found alternative means of recognising merit, gallantry and service”.

 
 
 
 
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.

 
 
INVITATION TO BECOME A MEMBER
Members will receive complimentary copies of A.J.I.S.S. (American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences) and (for those who know arabic) Islamiyat Al-Ma'rifah. Note that AMSS (UK) members and students are usually entitled to a discount for conference fees. If you are not a member already then how about joining today to get your discount for forthcoming conferences and also enjoy the other membership benefits as well. Click here for a printable membership form (PDF).
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