DATE: Monday 12th January from 6:00pm

VENUE: Brunei Suite, Brunei Gallery, SOAS,
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG

On 12th January 2015, a large and enthusiastic audience gathered to celebrate the launch of Dr Anshuman Mondal’s new book, Islam and Controversy: The Politics of Free Speech After Rushdie (Palgrave, Macmillan, 2014). Dr Mondal was joined on a panel by the distinguished pioneer of the theorisation of Muslim identity politics in Britain, Professor Tariq Modood, and by the novelist and commentator Will Self. In an event overshadowed, and given added urgency, by the attacks on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris the previous week, the panel interrogated some of the commonplace assumptions taken to be essential to the free speech debate, pointing out their lineage in a longer history of secular liberalism which now claims the status of normative common sense’, and engaging with the book’s central argument for a new ethics of reading and writing intercultural texts, in the interests of a more equal and fully representative society. 

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