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British Academy Debates on Faith: Is true religion always extremist?

A British Academy Debate, held on 3 March 2016 (venue: Queen’s University Belfast), as part of the British Academy’s season on ‘Faith’.

Religious extremism isn’t a new phenomenon, so what makes the challenges we face today different from those that have come before? Is religious extremism really on the rise, or does it just have a new look for a modern, technologically-advanced age? Given the pressures caused by an expanding global population in an increasingly interconnected world, is a clash of faiths inevitable?


Innes Bowen, Producer, BBC Radio 4, and author, Medina in Birmingham, Najaf in Brent: Inside British Islam
Professor John Brewer MRIA, Professor of Post Conflict Studies, Queen’s University Belfast
Professor Richard English FBA MRIA, Wardlaw Professor of Politics, University of St Andrew's
Tehmina Kazi, Director, British Muslims for Secular Democracy

Chaired by William Crawley, presenter, BBC Radio Ulster

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