University of Birmingham leads celebration of Muslims in Britain's second city
On Friday, special one-day event brings together a range of different speakers to explore what it really means to be a Muslim in today’s Britain, whilst considering opportunities and challenges facing Birmingham’s Muslim communities.
Birmingham’s Muslim population is significantly higher than the UK average, with 21.8% of the local population identifying as Muslim compared with just 4.8% elsewhere in England and Wales.
Dr Chris Allen, Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Birmingham’s Department of Social Policy and Social Work, and organiser of the conference, said: “This event is the first of its kind to bring together academics, policy-makers and members of the wider community to explore what it means to be a Muslim in Birmingham today."
“We hope that it will help promote community cohesion by showcasing the hugely positive impact that Muslims have had, and continue to have, on the past, present and future of our city,” said Allen.
During the event, sessions will take place to explore who Birmingham’s Muslims are, what the city means to them, and why they are unique among the wider British Muslim community.
As well as featuring talks from experts in the field, the event will invite delegates to work together in small discussion groups, creating an opportunity for all voices to be heard. An exhibition of photography highlighting the valuable role and place of Muslims in Birmingham will also be on display.