What role can faith play in building a better Birmingham?

Local people are invited to take part in an exciting event to discuss the role faith can play in building cohesive communities in Birmingham.

“Faith in the city: communities, regeneration, interaction” brings together academics from the University of Birmingham with representatives from Birmingham’s faith communities to tackle the sometimes controversial role faith plays in modern Britain.

The event, which is part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science takes place at Green Lane Mosque in Small Heath Wednesday 2nd November 2011 (10:00-16:00).

The researchers will use the event to launch the findings of a series of briefing papers about Islamophobia. These papers are the result of workshops hosted by the University involving representatives from across academia, policy institutions and grassroots community organisations.

Dr Chris Allen from the University of Birmingham’s Institute of Applied Social Studies:

“Birmingham is a vibrant multicultural city home to a number of powerful faith communities. Faith has an important role to play in building cohesive communities. However, the controversy over the building of a new central mosque in Dudley and the growth of groups like the English Defence League (EDL) who use strongly Islamophobic rhetoric demonstrates the sometimes divisive nature of faith in modern Britain.
We want to hear from people in the West Midlands about the role faith plays in their lives and their communities whether they see that as positive or negative.”

For further information about the event contact:
Chris Allen
Institute of Applied Social Studies
University of Birmingham
Email: c.allen.2@bham.ac.uk

ENDS
Further media information contact, Ben Hill, PR ,Manager, University of Birmingham, Tel 0121 4145134, Mob 07789 921163

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