Sunday, 13th May 2012 | 6:30 pm
Join us at T2F this Sunday for an evening of dialogue with Maajid Nawaz and Amin Hashwani.
Maajid Nawaz will speak about how democratic culture, pluralism and separation of religion and politics are antidote to religious extremism plaguing Pakistani society. He will share his personal story, highlighting how extremist organizations radicalize young Muslims by using a meta-narrative based on a distorted and highly politicized interpretation of Islam.
Amin Hashwani will speak about the role of civil society in our times.
About Maajid Nawaz
Maajid Nawaz is Co-Founder and Chairman of Quilliam – a globally active think-tank focusing on matters of Integration, Citizenship & Identity, Religious Freedom, Extremism and Immigration – and Founder of Khudi, a Pakistan-based social movement campaigning to entrench democratic culture among the nation’s youth. His work is informed by years spent in his youth as a leadership member of a global Islamist group, and his gradual transformation towards liberal democratic values. Having served four years as an Amnesty International adopted ‘prisoner of conscience’ in Egypt, Maajid is now a leading critic of his former Islamist ideological dogma, while remaining a Muslim. He now encourages inclusive citizenship-based participation of Muslims in the West, while seeking to synergize a respect for human rights with the civic liberal imperative to defend those in danger of being stigmatized by extremists of all stripes due to their personal choices.
Maajid has spoken from various platforms internationally, ranging from universities across Pakistan to addressing the US Senate in Washington DC. He has been profiled by CBS 60 minutes, Larry King Live, BBC Newsnight, has spoken at the TED conference, and is regularly interviewed by prominent journalists across the world.
Maajid Nawaz’s autobiographical account of his life story is being published by Random House, London on July 5, 2012. He can be followed and contacted on Twitter: @maajidnawaz
About Amin Hashwani
Amin Hashwani is the Co-Chairman of the India-Pakistan CEO’s Business Forum. He runs a number of family businesses with interests in commodities, minerals, properties, and textiles. Passionate about entrepreneurship and peace, he co-founded the Peace Action Network which builds bridges around the world using business networking platforms. Amin is also involved in the Aman Ki Asha movement, which is a peace initiative between the two largest media groups of Pakistan and India. He has lead several delegations abroad, organized international events, moderated international forums, been a guest speaker at seminars in Asia, Europe and the US, and has championed social initiatives within and outside Pakistan. Amin regularly appears on the electronic media on issues ranging from geopolitics, social issues and international trade. He is the recipient of several national and international awards for his work, including an honorary doctorate from the US.
Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.