SPEAKERS AND ARTISTS 2018

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi

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Baroness Sayeeda Warsi became the youngest peer in Parliament in 2007 and in 2010 the first Muslim appointed to a British cabinet 

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown was exiled from her birthplace, Uganda, in 1972. She is a journalist, author and academic.  

Yvonne Ridley

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Yvonne Ridley a successful author and 2018 saw her publishing two very diverse books.  


Yaron Matras

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Yaron Matras is a Professor of Linguistics at the University of Manchester and leads the university's Multilingual research unit.

Baroness Manzila Uddin

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Baroness Manzila Uddin was appointed a life peer in 1988 in recognition of her contribution to community and championing of women’s rights. Manzila became the first Bangladeshi and first Muslim to enter the House of Lords.

Ajmal Masroor

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Ajmal Masroor is an Imam, fundraiser, broadcaster and Relationship Counsellor. In 2014, he was recognised in the Muslim 500 as one of the most influential Muslims in the world today. 

Leila Aboulela

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Leila Aboulela is a  

critically acclaimed Sudanese-born author and the first winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing.   

Dr. Noorah Al-Gailani

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Dr. Noorah Al-Gailani has been Curator of Islamic Civilisations at Glasgow Museums since 2003. 

Maboobeh Rajabi

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Mahboobeh Rajabi is a digital artist and theatre maker. She uses different art forms including dance, movement and digital arts.

Rosemarie Hudson

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Rosemarie Hudson is British publisher and comes from a background in PR, radio and film.  

Samia Hathroubi

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Samia Hathroubi the European Coordinator for the Foundation For Ethnic Understanding and a former Professor of History of Formation in Seine-Saint-Denis.

Qaisra Shahraz

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Qaisra Shahraz is a novelist, scriptwriter, education consultant and peace and women's rights activist. She has two Masters Degrees in English & European literature and scriptwriting for television.