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War and Peace in the Middle East

Part of Belief and Beyond Belief

Hear a panel of specialists discuss the complexities and shifts in the Middle East’s long history of war and peace.

The Middle East is the cradle of the Abrahamic religions, a Holy Land rich in history and luminous teachings, and has also been riven with bloodshed for many centuries.

Set against a modern backdrop, we take a detailed look at what life is life for believers and non-believers living among day to day violence and the role religion aims to play as a source of solidarity between faiths at the darkest of times.

How does religion connect with the language of peace, or the language of war and conflict? A panel of writers, scholars, activists and religious leaders debate war and peace in the Middle East.

Speakers include:

- Sabrina Mahfouz, a British Egyptian poet, playwright, performer and writer from South London, England, who has edited Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write and contributed to This Is Not a Border: Reportage & Reflection from the Palestine Festival of Literature.

- Stacey Gutkowski is a Senior Lecturer in Conflict Studies in the Department of War Studies, and Deputy Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Divided Societies at King’s College London. Prior to joining King’s she was an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of International Relations, University of Sussex; a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, Arizona State University; and a Research Associate with the Religion and Ethics in the Making of War and Peace Programme, University of Edinburgh.

- George R Wilkes is the founding Director of the Religion and Ethics in the Making of War and Peace Project, and a Research Fellow in the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh.

Dates & times

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


Included in Pass
£15, £25

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