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Why Are Most Terrorists Men?

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The vast majority of terrorist attacks are committed by men, who it is often later revealed also have histories of domestic violence. More than a perversion of religion, is the common link between terrorists toxic masculinity, and a culture that values violence over empathy? A panel of experts debate.


- Hussein Kesvani, a journalist and Media and Communications Consultant for Theos think tank. He co-hosts No Country For Brown Men podcast, and is currently writing a book about religion and the internet

- Omar El-Khairy, whose plays include Homegrown and The Chaplain: or, a short tale of how we learned to love good Muslims whilst torturing bad ones. He was part of the Young Writers Programmes at both the Royal Court Theatre and Soho Theatre and holds a PhD in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science

- Professor Andrew Silke (BSc Hons, AFBPsS, CSci, CPsych, PhD) who holds a Chair in Criminology at the University of East London where he is the Head of Criminology, and the Programme Director for Terrorism Studies. He has a background in forensic psychology and criminology and has worked both in academia and for government. His primary research interests include terrorism, conflict, crime and policing, and he is internationally recognised as a leading expert on terrorism and low intensity conflict. He has over 100 publications including several books, with his most recent including Prisons, Terrorism & Extremism: Critical Issues in Management, Radicalisation and Reform (2013) and Terrorism: All That Matters (2014).

- Alyas Karmani is an Imam and Khateeb at a number of mosques in the North of England and across the UK. Alyas is also a specialist in youth empowerment and emotional wellbeing having been a senior policy advisor for the Welsh Assembly government relating to youth empowerment and development 2008-09. Alyas has 20 years of work experience in the public sector across a range of policy areas specialising in equality and diversity. He is an accomplished academic with six years of experience as a researcher and lecturer at Bradford and Leeds Universities in the department of Social Policy. Alyas Karmani was former head of Race Equality for the Welsh Assembly Government 2004. He is currently a consultant for West Yorkshire and London Probation service in relation to resettlement and reintegration of Muslim Offenders. Alyas has a psychology background with close to 20 years of counseling and therapy work focusing on Muslim-centred mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Chaired by Matthew Stadlen, an English radio and television presenter, producer and writer. He has presented weekend early mornings on LBC since the start of October 2016.

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Royal Festival Hall
St Paul's Roof Pavilion, Level 6, Blue Side


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