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Part of Belief and Beyond Belief

Come along for personal revelations and profound meditations from a diverse array of writers, experts and more, covering the full spectrum of our festival.


- Christopher Tyerman, Professor of the History of the Crusades at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Hertford College. His research has primarily focused on the medieval Crusades as cultural, political and social phenomena. His many books include God’s War: A New History of the Crusades (2006); The Debate on the Crusades (2011); and How to Plan a Crusade (2015).

- Nidar Singh Nihang, the sole-surviving master in a lineage of Sikh warriors and ninth teacher (gurdev) of a classical school of learning established in 1661, called the Baba Darbara Singh Shastar Vidya Akhara, which is the last remnant of this ancient tradition.

- Sam Walton, a young Quaker activist, and manages the Peace & Disarmament Programme of Quakers in Britain. He works on demilitarisation of society, ending the arms trade, anti-drones campaigns among other issues. He is also on the board of the British-American Security Information Council, a think-tank which looks at defence issues. He’s involved with UK Uncut and Green & Black Cross, an organisation which supports activists with legal advice.

- Amir Darwish, a British-Syrian poet and writer of Kurdish origin who lives in London. He was born in Aleppo and came to Britain as an asylum seeker in 2003. His collection of poetry is Don’t Forget the Couscous (Smokestack, 2015).

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Royal Festival Hall
Blue Room, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall


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This event is included in both the Saturday and Weekend Passes, and is part of With God On Our Side... Religion and War Weekend.