City Circle are holding a rather interesting talk on Valentines Day where the panel of speakers will explore the issue of singledom and complexities facing British Muslims looking for love at a time when Muslim women and men in their 30s and 40s are finding it increasingly difficult to find suitable partners.
After the talk, we can get together and goto Melur restaurant for a bite to eat and discuss the talk and just socialise.
From Muslim marriage meet ups to online forums the panel will share findings from their work and academic research as well as personal reflections on the search for love and marriage in modern multicultural Britain. The discussion will explore alternatives paths Muslims have chosen in seeking partners. A short segment of documentary "Hidden Heart" will also be screened. This is the work of filmmaker Zara Afzal and producer Christopher Hird chronicling the lives of Muslim women who find love outside their own culture or faith.
Dr Fauzia Ahmad is a sociologist whose research and publications have focussed on representations of British Muslim women and their experiences in higher education, employment and social welfare. Her current research is exploring British Muslims experiences and difficulties in getting married and staying married. She is currently based in the Dept of Political Science at University College London and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship at Bristol University.
Zara Afzal has been developing documentaries shortly upon completing her degree in 2003. Her first project in development ‘Kafirs of the Hindukush’ was inspired by the 1923 field work of Georg Morgenstierne in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Iran. The research work had led her to work closely with National Library of Norway and Pakistan. Over the years Zara has worked in development with independent production companies as well as developing her own personal projects under Zygo Films. In addition to this Zara has worked as visiting Media Lecturer in colleges in London and the South East.
Mizan Raja is co-Director of Islamic Circles which organizes a wide range of Islamic activities across London and outside. In particular, they initiated the MuslimMarriageEvents.com project 13 years ago, which continues to serve the community.
Tehmina Kazi took up the position of Director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy in May 2009. Tehmina was shortlisted for Cosmopolitan Magazine’s “Ultimate Women of the Year Awards 2011” in the “Campaigner” category for her work. She also won an “Outstanding Achievement” Award at the Syeda Fatima Interfaith Conference at the House of Lords in June 2012. Prior to joining BMSD, she was a Project Officer at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, where she worked on a ground-breaking inquiry into the Human Rights Act and its impact on public service delivery, undertaking research, writing policy briefings, facilitating focus groups and interviewing victims of human rights violations.
Free entrance. All welcome. No reservation needed. Prayer space available. Street parking free from 18:30. If you have any questions, please contact [masked]
Many thanks to Rukhsana for highlighting this talk - may Allah reward you abundantly.