|Sunday May 19, 2013||EMRC > Advisory Board|
The members of the advisory board are:
Born in Morocco, Yasir Abdelmouttalib came to the UK to study. He obtained a Master's degree in materials technology and in 2004 commenced work on a PhD investigating fuel cells. A talented and committed student, Yasir's prospects of an exciting and productive academic career were cut short when he was brutally attacked and seriously injured by a gang of youths while on his way to Friday jumma prayer at the London Central Mosque in June 2004 (see Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Hate Crime: a London case study p. 32). During the assault he was struck several times on the head with a road sweepers broom. As a result Yasir was in a coma for three months and his doctors feared he would not recover consciousness. Mercifully, he did recover but as a result of injuries he has remained partially paralysed, partially blind and reliant on constant nursing care provided by his family. Nevertheless, the commitment he showed before he was attacked still shines through the disabilities he has been forced to endure and he has made a small but significant recovery. His experience, commitment and vision serve as an inspiration and guide for the EMRC and our first report Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Hate Crime: a London case study was dedicated to him.
Since 2001 Dr Ahmad Al-Dubuyan has been the Director General of the Islamic Cultural Centre and London Central Mosque in London. In this capacity he has been at the hub of constructive dialogue with authorities and communities to improve community relations and tackle the problem of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate crime. In August 2007 he provided support to an imam at the London Central Mosque when he was brutally attacked in an unprovoked attack.
Born in Saudi Arabia, Dr Ahmad Al-Dubuyan completed a master's degree in linguistics from the University Imam Mohammad Bin Saud in Riyadh. He subsequently lectured at Imam University in Riyadh and at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta. He completed his PhD in philology, linguistics, Islamic studies and English studies at Ruhr University in Germany. He is fluent in several languages and has published three books and delivered numerous papers in different international conferences on educational issues, linguistic studies, organisation management and cultural issues.
Anas Altikriti is the Chief Executive of The Cordoba Foundation. Born in Iraq in 1968 to devout Muslim parents, he settled and was raised in the United Kingdom since the age of 2, offering him a unique perspective of a second generation Muslim with an insight into the challenges of being a British Muslim of Arab heritage. He lectured at Post-Graduate Lecturer in Translation and Interpreting Studies for 12 years at Leeds University and Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Political Studies at Westminster University in London. Anas Altikriti is a leading figure of the British Anti-War movement and was President of the Muslim Association of Britain in 2004, standing down to fight the European Parliamentary Elections. He succeeded in negotiating the release of three Christian Western hostages in Iraq in 2006, including Briton Norman Kember, and is active in mobilising young British Muslims towards more interaction and engagement with politics, media and social work as an effective means of countering extremism and fanaticism. On the international front, Anas Altikriti advises a number of Arab and Western governments and NGOs on various matters pertaining to dialogue and inter-relation issues, including conflict resolution, hostage negotiation, and general West-East relations. Anas Altikriti often comments in the mainstream and satellite media (both Arabic and English) and presents shows on Islam Channel and Al-Hiwar TV. He also contributes with articles in The Guardian's Comment is Free, has a column on IslamOnLine.net and writes for a number of other blogs.
Dr Abdul Bari is Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB). Dr Bari is an educationalist with a PhD and PGCE from King's College London and a Management degree from the Open University. He has worked as an Air Force Officer, Researcher in Physics, Science Teacher and SEN specialist in London. He is former President of Islamic Forum Europe and is Chair of the East London Mosque Trust that includes London Muslim Centre. He is a trustee of Muslim Aid, a patron of the National Youth Agency and Ramphal Centre and a board member of The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) Ltd. Dr Bari runs parenting courses and occasionally writes in newspapers, journals and community publications. He has authored several books on family and parenting and issues of youth and identity. These include: 'Building Muslim Families', 'A Guide to Parenting', and 'Race, Religion and Muslim Identity in Britain'.
Rachel Briggs is a Senior Research Fellow in the National Security and Resilience Department at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI). She is a researcher, writer and policy advisor working on radicalisation, preventing extremism, community tensions, community cohesion and human security. She is also an Associate of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and a Senior Honorary Research Associate at UCL. Part-time she is Director of the charity, Hostage UK, which is chaired by Terry Waite.
Rachel was formerly Head of International Strategy and Head of the Identity Programme at Demos, after having run the Risk and Security Programme at The Foreign Policy Centre. She writes regularly in the press, and has advised a number of companies and Government departments over the past 10 years. She is on the editorial board of the journal Renewal and RUSI Monitor, is a member of the Advisory Board of Wilton Park (an executive agency of the FCO), is on the Council of the Risk and Security Management Forum and is a member of the Advisory Board of STREET.
John L. Esposito is University Professor, Professor of Religion and International Affairs, Professor of Islamic Studies and Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. Esposito specializes in Islam, political Islam from North Africa to Southeast Asia, and Religion and International Affairs. He is editor-in-chief of the four-volume The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, The Oxford History of Islam, The Oxford Dictionary of Islam and The Islamic World: Past and Present. His more than thirty five books include The Future of Islam, Who Speaks for Islam, Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam, The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?, Islam and Politics, Political Islam: Radicalism, Revolution or Reform?, Islam and democracy (with J. Voll). Many have been translated into Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Bahasa Indonesia, Urdu, European languages, Japanese and Chinese. A former president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies and member of the World Economic Forum’s Council of 100 Leaders, he is ambassador for the U.N. Alliance of Civilizations, member of the European Commission’s Network of Experts on Radicalization President of the Executive Scientific Committee for Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale” (UNIOR)”
“The Mediterranean, Europe and Islam: Actors in Dialogue.” Esposito is a recipient of the American Academy of Religion’s 2005 Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion and of Pakistan’s Quaid-i-Azzam Award for Outstanding Contributions in Islamic Studies. He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of State and to governments, corporations, universities, and the media. In 2003 he received the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University Award for Outstanding Teaching.
Esposito is widely interviewed or quoted in the media, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN and network news stations, NPR, BBC, and in media throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
Andy has worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research since June 2008. He ran the Secretariat for ippr’s independent, all-party Commission on National Security in the 21st Century. He leads the work on national and international security within ippr’s Global Change programme.
Prior to joining ippr, he worked as a policy officer on community engagement and counter-terrorism for the Metropolitan Police Authority. Before this, he worked for the Metropolitan Police Service, managing an award-winning multi-agency project to reduce truancy, exclusion and youth crime in the London Borough of Southwark.
As a regular media commentator, Andy has been interviewed on Channel 4 News, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme and BBC World Service and has written for The Guardian and The Times.
Andy is currently on a short-term secondment to the Ministry of Justice, where he is coordinating the department’s ‘Security and the Legal Domain’ project on the role of legitimacy in national security strategy.
Fatima Khan is freelance consultant who has a wide range of experience of engaging with communities on issues of community safety and crime reduction. She has over 10 years of community development and working in the voluntary sector. Fatima is also the Vice Chair of the Muslim Safety Forum (MSF) a charity focusing on issues of security and safety affecting the Muslim community; she also co-leads the MSF’s Islamophobia work strand.
Basheer M. Nafi taught Islamic history and Islamic Studies at the Muslim College, London, and Birkbeck College, University of London, and is a senior research fellow at al-Jazeera Centre for Studies. A father of four, he lives with his family in Oxfordshire, U. K.
He wrote the text for, and has supervised the making of a major documentary series on political Islam.
Dr Nafi has written extensively (in Arabic and English) on the history of Arab nationalism and the Palestinian Question, as well as modern Islam and Islamic intellectual history, including the history of Salafiyya, in various academic journals, including Islamic Studies, The Muslim World, Journal of Islamic Studies, Middle East Affairs Journal, The Arab Studies Quarterly, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Die Welt de Islams, Islamic Law and Society and Journal of Qur’anic Studies. He is also a contributor to the UNESCO World History project.
His books include, Arabism, Islamism and the Palestine Question: 1908-1941 (Reading: Ithaca Press, 1998); The Rise and Decline of the Arab-Islamic Reform Movement (London: ICIT, 2000); Islamic Thought in the Twentieth Century, co-editor, with S. Taji-Farouki (London: I B Tauris, 2005); Iraq: Contexts of Unity and Disintegration, in Arabic (Cairo: Dar al-Shuruq, 2006); The Islamists, in Arabic (Beirut: al-Dar al-‘Arabiyya, 2010).
Professor Niblock is Emeritus Professor of Middle East Politics at the University of Exeter, having been Professor of Arab Gulf Studies from 1999 to 2008 and Director of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS) from 1999 to 2005. Prior to this he was Director of the Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at the University of Durham. His research interests cover a wide range of areas related to the politics, economics and international relations of the Arab and Islamic worlds. Of central concern have been the political economy of the states of the Arab world, the international relations of the Middle Eastern region, Islam and the state, and issues relating to civil society and democratisation in Arab and Islamic states. Most of his teaching in recent years has been at the postgraduate level, and the bulk of this has taken the form of PhD supervision. Geographically, his interests were strongest in North-East Africa at the start of his career, with a strong interest also in Iraq and Libya, but in recent years this has shifted towards the Arabian peninsula. His most recent books are The Political Economy of Saudi Arabia (Routledge, 2007), and Saudi Arabia: Power, Legitimacy and Survival (Routledge, 2006).
Tim Parsons was a Chief Inspector in the City of London Police where he helds the post of Head of Equality, Diversity and Human Rights until his retirement in 2010. Tim has considerable experience in teaching and training police officers particularly in community policing and combating hate crime. He has contributed to two publications on policing in multi-ethnic communities produced by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and has taught and lectured on policing and diversity in fifteen countries including the U.S.A, France, Hungary, Poland and Ukraine. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Policing and Criminology at The John Grieve Centre, Faculty for Applied Social Science, London Metropolitan University.
Tim has a masters in education awarded by the University of Hull and is currently completing an education doctorate with King’s College, London.
Oliver McTernan is the co-founder and director of Forward Thinking, an organisation which empowers individuals and grassroots communities across the UK and to promote an inclusive peace process in the Middle East. Oliver has an established background in conflict resolution and interfaith relationships. He was a Visiting Fellow of the Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs at Harvard University 2000 -2003. He is a Senior Associate Fellow of the UK Defence Academy. He was responsible for initiating the first post-conflict talks between NATO and the former Yugoslav government. His book Violence in God’s Name explores the role of religion in an age of conflict. He broadcasts regularly on the BBC.
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