Islamophobia 2017: Challenges for us all – Looking Back, Looking Ahead




Lecture and Discussion

An event to mark the 20th anniversary of the Runnymede report on Islamophobia, 1997


Introduced and chaired Prof S. Sayyid

Lecture by Baroness Sayeeda Warsi on The Enemy Within: A Tale of Muslim Britain.

Lecture by Robin Richardson, editor of the 1997 report, with responses by Abdoolkarim Vakil.

Us and Them in this Age of Anxiety: past, present and possible futures.  Attendance is free of charge, but space is limited and prior booking is therefore essential. If you would like to reserve a place please book at Eventbrite.

Leeds Programme

18.00 – 18.30: Registration and refreshments.
18.30 – 18.35: Welcome by Prof S. Sayyid.
18.35 – 18.55: Baroness Warsi – The Enemy Within:  A Tale of Muslim Britain.
18.55 – 19.30: Robin Richardson – Us and Them in this Age of Anxiety: past, present and possible futures.
19.30 – 19.50: Response: AbdoolKarim Vakil, Kings College, London.
19.50 – 20.30: Audience Q&A.
20.30 – 21.00: Chair to close; followed by refreshments.

Lecture Details:

Date: 9th November 2017

Time: 18:00 – 21:00


The Carraigeworks

3 Millennium Square

Leeds. LS2 3AD

Notes on speakers

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi is a former co-Chair of the Conservative Party and a former Minister of State for Faith and Communities. In 2017 her first book was published, The Enemy Within: A Tale of Muslim Britain, billed as “a vital book at a critical time”.


Robin Richardson is a former director of the Runnymede Trust. Publications for which he has acted as editor or co-editor include A Very Slight Sleeper – the persistence and dangers of antisemitism (1994), Islamophobia—a challenge for us all (1997), The Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain – the Parekh report (2000), Pointing the Finger – Islam and Muslims in the British media (2011) and Living with Difference – community, diversity and the common good (2015).


AbdoolKarim Vakil is Head of Department in the Department of Portuguese & Brazilian Studies at King’s College London. AbdoolKarim has recently also been appointed Lecturer in the Department of History at King’s College London. He is co-editor of Thinking Through Islamophobia: Global Perspectives, published by Hurst, and is currently involved with ReOrient: The Journal of Critical Muslim Studies.