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The British Embassy in Bahrain organised a lecture by leading British academic Dr. Hisham Hellyer

24 November 2009

The British Embassy in Bahrain organised a lecture by leading British academic Dr. Hisham Hellyer

The British Embassy in Bahrain organised a lecture by leading British academic Dr. Hisham Hellyer, titled "Muslims of Europe: Reflections on Muslim World - West Dialogue" on Monday 19 October in the Beit Al Quran lecture hall.  The event was attended by a number of local dignitaries, academics as well as members of the press and public.  After the presentation Dr Hellyer took time to answer a range of questions from the audience.

Dr Hellyer returned to Bahrain to give his lecture following an earlier visit to the Kingdom as part of a larger group of British Muslims.  The  group had an opportunity to meet with His Excellency Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and His Excellency Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, Minister of Interior, as well as representatives from Shura, Nuwab, Civil Society and Business.

Dr. Hellyer is Fellow at the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations at the University of Warwick (UK) and Founder-Director of the West - Muslim world relations research consultancy, the Visionary Consultants Group (UK, Egypt & Malaysia). A United Nations 'Global Expert' on minority-majority relations, political philosophy, and the interplay between religion and modernity, Dr. Hellyer was Ford Fellow of the Project on US - Islamic World Relations at the Brookings Institution (USA).  In 2005, Dr. Hellyer was nominated as Deputy Convenor of the UK Government's Home Office working group on Muslim communities in the aftermath of the July 7th bombings in London. From October 2007 to April 2008, he was also Economic and Social Research Council Placement Fellow at the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as Warwick University's Senior Research Fellow (the youngest in the university's history), which is the equivalent to an Associate Professorship in the US system, and Senior Lecturer in the UK system.

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