As part of its university projects, the Foundation held a seminar/book launch in partnership with Isoc at Leeds university. This was one more project of the foundation for Interfaith Week 2012.
The book “Confronting anti-Semitism and Islamophobia: An exploration of their socio-historic and theological roots and similarities” is the book of the proceedings of the foundation’s ground breaking one-day international conference held in 2009 at the Brunei Gallery, University of London, in association with Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, and The Centre for Jewish Studies at SOAS; University of London.
At Leeds university seminar, Dr Eva Frojmovic, Department of Jewish Studies, spoke on “ Anti-Semitism, its medieval and contemporary manifestations”.
Dr Abdul-Basit Shaikh, Department of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, Tutor for the Lifelong Learning Department, gave a talk on “Historical analysis of Islamophobia and its contemporary effects”.
The session was chaired by Mehri Niknam
The talks were followed by a Q & A sessions on the two concepts as well as their effects on cross community relations, and what qualifies a statement today as anti-Semitic or Islamophobic.
According to the questionnaire filled by the students, 96% considered the seminar very relevant to the Leeds campus and invited the Foundation to hold similar seminar on a regular basis at the university.
The Foundation is in discussion with students to set up a sustained cooperating for holding future seminars.