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A reflective Churchman

The ever-reflective former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams responded as follows to a question on Darwin and the conundrum of human evolution put to him by Nick Spencer of the Christian think tank Theos, One of your key points is that human beings “live in an environment where intelligible communication is ubiquitous – where there is…

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Celebrating the Palestinian identity

The fourth Palestine Book Awards, an event ‘to honour and endorse the best books written in English on the subject of Palestine’, took place last night (19th November) in Paddington. The annual awards are organised by Middle East Monitor,  a media research institute based in London.  This year’s recipients were Jean-Pierre Filiu (for Gaza: A…

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Simon Woolley rocks!

On Wednesday 5 March an extraordinary meeting of minds took place at the office of Operation Black Vote in Bethnal Green.  The theme was ‘The Power of the Black Vote’ and it aimed at creating a coalition of activists to put ‘race equality back on the agenda’.  The message: that it was essential for the…

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An evening at the 2013 Palestine Book Awards

  Among the distinguished guests at the 2013 Palestine Book Awards  at the Paddington Hilton in London on 14 November was the redoubtable veteran journalist Abdel Bari Atwan, who received the lifetime achievement award for his journalistic and literary work. Atwan stepped down as editor in chief of Al Quds Al Arabi earlier this year. He…

An evening with Royalty

Prince Charles’s voice of moderation and understanding charmed Muslims gathered at a gala dinner organised by Islamic Relief on 17th December 2009 Prince Charles was immaculate, in a black suit and bow tie, with a navy blue silk handkerchief in a fluted arrangement emerging from his left breast pocket. “May God bless you, Sir”, with…

An hour with the Archbishop

It is not often that an Archbishop of Canterbury visits the Trade Union Congress. The Church of England is sometimes described as the Conservative Party at prayer – but its present head is sufficiently his own man to be respected across the political spectrum. Dr Rowan Williams delivered the first keynote address of the day…

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The Alhambra literary fair

Jamila Sherif at the Alhambra literary fair [with accounts of Tariq Ramadan and Adhaf Soueif The 4-day literary Hay Festival at the Alhambra 3-6th April was a unique and highly enjoyable cultural event which included lectures, discussion, poetry recitals, bookstalls, book signings, film showings and music concerts. Granada once again became a great cultural meeting point reminding…

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Not my cup of tea

  Ms Anona chokes on her tea – Finding a Suitable Boy – encounter 2 Not long after the boy with the Orange hair disaster my mum recieved a call from a family friend, an Aunty who I hold in very high regard. For the sake of this blog. let’s refer to the aunty on…