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Who Speaks for Islam?

Lecture, delivered by Dr Dalia Mogahed, on 24 March 2010 (venue: The Royal Society).

Years after 9/11, are we any closer to understanding what makes a radical?

Dalia Mogahed Gallup’s largest study of Muslim populations worldwide challenges conventional wisdom and the inevitability of a global conflict as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continue. Despite widespread media coverage of global terrorism from America and Europe to the Middle East and Asia, little is known about what majorities of the world’s Muslims really think and feel. What do Muslims say about violence and terrorist attacks? What do they say about democracy, women, and relations with the West? What are their values, goals, and religious beliefs?

Dr Dalia Mogahed delivers a special lecture on responses to terrorism and extremism. This lecture is linked to an international symposium on Islamic Studies in Europe, taking place at the British Academy, in conjunction with the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), on 23–24 March 2010.

About the speaker

Dr Dalia Mogahed is Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies in Washington DC and co­author of the book Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think (2008). She leads the collection and analysis of Gallup's survey of worldwide Muslim opinion, and directs the Muslim­West Facts Initiative, in collaboration with the Coexist Foundation, which disseminates the findings of the Gallup World Poll to key opinion leaders in the Muslim World and the West.

The lecture was introduced and chaired by Henry Hogger CMG, Chairman of the Council for British Research in the Levant and a former British ambassador to Syria, who specialises in Middle East affairs.

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