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[Image] The Brick Lane Mosque. During its history the site has been a sacred space for French Protestants, Methodists, Jews and Muslims, and it features on the flyer for this conference.

Religious diversity in Modern Britain: how can history inform the present?

21 September 11

This event on 21 September 2011 at Toynbee Hall, London, is the final event of the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded ‘Building on History’ knowledge transfer project. It will explore the historical interactions between different religions, with special reference to the East End of London as a case study. Historians, religious leaders and community figures will discuss the ways in which awareness of the past might inform our understanding of religious diversity in the present. All those with an interest in historical and contemporary religious diversity are welcome.

Speakers include John Wolffe (Open University), Humayun Ansari (Royal Holloway), David Feldman (Birkbeck), Adrian Newman (Bishop-elect of Stepney), Ben Gidley (COMPAS), Rabbi Dr Abraham Levy (Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Congregation) and Fiyaz Mughal (Faith Matters).

For more information and the booking form please visit http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/building-on-history-project/docs/religious-diversity-programme.pdf or contact John Maiden at j.maiden@open.ac.uk.

The project has been led by Professor John Wolffe, who is also Principal Investigator on Religion and Society funded collaborative studentship From Sunday Schools to Christian Education. Read more about doctoral student Naomi Stanton's findings on the project in the report from an event on young people and religion at which she presented them in May 2011: http://www.religionandsociety.org.uk/research_findings/featured_findings/young_people_and_religion_event 

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