We are often led to believe that liberty is synonymous with freedom – but is that really so? And what does it entail? 

In this event, presented in partnership with Critical Muslim, we explore who defines the liberty we are told we enjoy, and how our world views impact the ways we assert our liberty. 

How can we achieve a balance between individual liberty and social responsibility? How do we establish the public good, and which groups among us are asked to curtail their liberty for collective benefit? Just what is the connection between freedom of speech, the rights of minorities, and state security? Has the notion of liberty been rendered meaningless? If liberty involves freedom for all to do as they wish, what dangers does it raise for society as a whole? Should faith communities expect to confine their liberty to the law of the land in which they reside, even if this is contrary to their religious values? 

This panel explores these and other questions to understand how we construct our comprehension of the idealised notion of liberty.

Critical Muslim is a quarterly publication of ideas and issues showcasing groundbreaking thinking on Islam and what it means to be a Muslim in a rapidly changing, interconnected world.

About The Chair

Shanon Shah

Shanon Shah is the author of The Making of a Gay Muslim: Religion, Sexuality and Identity in Malaysia and Britain and a deputy editor of Critical Muslim, the acclaimed quarterly publication of the Muslim Institute. He is also an award-winning singer-songwriter and playwright.

About The Author

Shamim Miah

Dr Shamim Miah is a senior lecturer at the School of Education, University of Huddersfield. He is the author of two books: Muslims, Schooling and the Question of Self-Segregation and Muslims, Schooling and Security: ‘Trojan Horse’, Prevent and Racialised Politics.

About The Speaker

Canon Giles Goddard

About The Journalist

Samia Rahman

Samia Rahman is director of the Muslim Institute and a deputy editor of Critical Muslim, the acclaimed quarterly publication of the Muslim Institute.