CAN WE TALK ABOUT THIS?
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Interviewees & Contributors
Ex-General Secretary of the Bradford Council of Mosques; facilitated the book burning of Rushdie’s Satanic Verses in Bradford, England.
First Asian Lord Mayor in the UK, Bradford 1985-1986. Along with Amin Qureshi, led the campaign for Ray Honeyford’s dismissal from Drummond Middle School.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Ex-Muslim, ex-Dutch Member of Parliament. Wrote the film Submission with Theo Van Gogh, who was subsequently killed by an Islamist offended by the film. Ali has received numerous death threats due to her criticism of Islam, particularly its attitude towards women. Currently living and working in USA for a think-tank.
Writer who poses the question; ‘Do you feel morally superior to the Taliban?’
Worked as a ‘Vulnerable Persons Officer’ (Asian Women) in Bradford, England. Removed from his position due to pressure from the local council who were concerned his work was causing bad publicity for ‘Bradford’s regeneration’.
British-Asian author received death threats from her family for fleeing a forced marriage. Lobbies for Asian women’s rights.
Representative of the International Humanist and Ethical Union at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Talks about challenging the UN’s resolution ‘Combating Defamation of Religion,’ which prevents discussing human rights abuses in relationship to Sharia law.
Islamist, former spokesman for Islam4UK, previously Al-Muhajiroun.
Writer, ex-comedian, provocateur. Anti-multiculturalist.
British, Ex-Member of Parliament campaigned against forced marriage. Speaks about problems of politicians addressing this issue publicly, for fear of losing votes and being labeled racist/Islamophobe.
Timothy Garton Ash
Author and Professor of European Studies at Oxford University, discusses with Mehdi Hassan during the Orwell Debate, ‘What can’t you speak about in the 21st century?’
Writer and Britain-based journalist for The Independent newspaper.
Senior political editor New Statesman, discusses with Timothy Garton Ash during the Orwell Debate, ‘What can’t you speak about in the 21st century?’
British senior lecturer in engineering and information sciences, and an Imam. Received death threats due to his suggestion that Darwin’s theory of evolution is compatible with the Koran.
Producer of current affairs documentary Undercover Mosque, for the Channel 4 Dispatches programme.
Writer and public speaker. Joins Shirley Williams in a debate about Salman Rushdie’s knighthood and if it was an offense to Muslims worldwide, due to Rushdie’s book Satanic Verses.
Broadcaster and best friend of Theo van Gogh.
Wife of ex-head teacher Ray Honeyford.
Ex-head teacher of Drummond Middle School in Bradford, England. Forced to resign in 1985 amid accusations of racism due to articles he wrote about the failures of state multiculturalism.
Writer, lecturer, broadcaster and scientist - author of From Fatwa to Jihad.
Director of organisation ‘One Law for All,’ fighting for the rights of women, and against Sharia courts/Sharia law being introduced in Britain.
Heads the Quilliam Foundation – a progressive Muslim organisation founded by the Government. A former member of extremist Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir.
Islamist activist sentenced to 6 years in prison for inciting violence during protests against the Danish cartoons; the sentence was commuted to 4 years
Senior Researcher: Hittin Institute – an Islamic Think Tank based in Britain.
Editor of Jyllands-Posten – publisher of the Mohammed Cartoons.
Extract of an interview with writer Salman Rushdie and Irshad Manji about the problems of ‘cultural relativism.’
Ex-Head of Gender at Amnesty International, talks about her experience with Women Against Fundamentalism [WAF] and Southall Black Sisters during the Rushdie affair.
Runs Karma Nirvana – Asian women’s centre which campaigns against honour-based abuse and forced marriage.
Gijs van de Westerlaken
Producer of the film Submission, written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Theo van Gogh.
Legal representative of ‘One Law for All.’ See Maryam Namazie.
Geert Wilders protesters
Islamists protesting outside the Houses of Parliament when Geert Wilders visited the UK to talk about his controversial film, Fitna.
British politician and academic. Joins Christopher Hitchens in a debate about Salman Rushdie’s knighthood and if it was an offense to Muslims worldwide, due to Rushdie’s book Satanic Verses.
Mohammed Amran youngest ever commissioner for the Commission for Racial Equality, currently involved in numerous community projects in Bradford
Andrew Anthony journalist/writer for the Guardian and Observer and author of The Fallout
Apna Haq Asian women’s support group for victims of domestic violence
Sher Azam former president of the Bradford Council of Mosques and leader of protests against Satanic Verses
Paul Cliteur Dutch philosopher, professor of law, lecturer and critic of multiculturalism
Erica Connor head teacher who won a court case against the Local Education Authority for unfair dismissal, due to false accusations of racism and religious discrimination
Alun Francis principal The Oldham College
J. Mark Halstead former journalist in Lebanon and lecturer in Saudi Arabia, teaches in multicultural and religious education, ethics and humanities; supporter of multiculturalism
Dr. Taj Hargey Imam at The Muslim Education Centre of Oxford
Lee Jasper race-equality campaigner and former Senior Policy Advisor on Equalities to the Mayor of London
Graham Mahoney ex-Head of Race Relations at Bradford Council
Andrew McCluskey supply teacher dismissed from Bayliss Court Secondary School for discussing Islamist suicide bombers
Munira Mirza advisor to the Mayor of London on culture and youth
Lord Herman Ouseley author of The Bradford Race Review Report 2001
AbdoolKarim Vakil chair, Research and Documentation Committee, Muslim Council of Britain; lecturer in history at King’s College London
Women Against Fundamentalism organization challenging the rise of fundamentalism in all religions