Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, Grenfell, and mosques in Britain today
This report looks at Al Manaar’s response to Grenfell, in the light of wider questions pertaining to the Muslim presence in contemporary public life.
The world of religious faith can no longer be seen only in physical buildings and in–person congregations. For a generation of digital natives faith identity is being formed as much, if not more, online than IRL.
This shift is being felt in religious organisations and institutions, who are facing substantial questions about how they will survive and function in future generations – and whether internet culture might disrupt the very foundations by which religious communities organise.
Hussein Kesvani is a journalist, writer and producer who has written on religion and technology for BuzzFeed, Vice, The Guardian and The Spectator. His first book “Follow Me, Akhi: The Online World of British Muslims” is published this spring by Hurst. In this event he will be speaking about his adventures in the digital lives of Muslims, and in conversation with Elizabeth Oldfield exploring what this means for faith more broadly.
The event will be held at Theos, 77 Great Peter Street, SW1P 2EZ on Wednesday 12 June, doors open 6.30 for 7pm. Q&A and refreshments will follow the discussion.
The book will be on sale during the evening.
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