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Separation of Powers: God in Politics

Part of Belief and Beyond Belief

Share your thoughts on whether religion and politics can exist separately in this talk.

From countries which have Sharia Law, to the way that Lutheran Christianity continues to inform Nordic values, is it ever entirely possible to separate religious belief from the business of politics?

Modern secular governments often strive for a separation of religion and state, and yet the structure of society is often based on religious thinking.

A panel of religious leaders and experts debate whether religious values of compassion, forgiveness and loving thy neighbour can inspire a more balanced political discourse, or if it has no place in politics.

Speakers include:

- Indarjit Singh, a prominent British-Asian active in Sikh and interfaith activities and a member of the House of Lords
- Canon Rosie Harper, Vicar of Great Missenden and Chaplain to the Bishop of Buckingham
- Elif Shafak, award-winning novelist whose most recent novel is Three Daughters of Eve
- Sayed Razawi, director general of Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, a faith-based organisation which supports the Scottish Shia Muslim community.

Chaired by Abdul Rehman Malik, broadcaster, educator and programme manager of The Radical Middle Way, an organisation that supports young Muslims, and promotes social justice.

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Royal Festival Hall
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall


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This event is included in the Saturday Pass, and is part of Prophets, Visionaries and Power.