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Public Lecture: Christian Attitudes towards Muslims: a review of survey data in Britain (tbc)

  • The Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies 109A Iffley Road Oxford United Kingdom (map)

Shenaz Bunglawala, Assistant Director, The Aziz Foundation

Abstract

The Pew Research Center's report on 'Being Christian in Western Europe' sheds important light on the differing attitudes held by observant Christians, non-practising Christians and the religiously unaffiliated towards European Muslims. The research shows that self-identified Christians are more likely than the religiously unaffiliated to express negative views of immigrants, Muslims and Jews.

Drawing on original research commissioned by the Aziz Foundation in 2018, and cut by Christian and non-religious affiliations, I will examine what the survey data tells us about attitudes of Christians towards British Muslim communities and what it means for inter-faith dialogue as a form of 'meaningful' social mixing.

Biography for Shenaz Bunglawala 

Shenaz Bunglawala is Assistant Director with the UK based Aziz Foundation.  Previously Shenaz was Head of Research at a leading Muslim civil society organisation where she led research and advocacy on Islamophobia, media portrayals of Islam and Muslims and the impact of counter-terrorism legislation on Muslim communities. She has written extensively on Islamophobia and its effects on Muslim civil society and on religion in the public sphere. She has served as advisor to several AHRC/ESRC funded research projects on Islam and Muslim communities in Europe. She is a Director of the Byline Festival Foundation for inclusive journalism and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.