Australia, December 2016 – The co-author of the timely poignant ‘Islam and the Future of Tolerance: a Dialogue’, British author, activist and politician Maajid Nawaz will be conducting a limited tour of Australia in January 2016. Previously added as a special guest to his co-author Sam Harris’s tour, Think Inc. is pleased to announce that Nawaz will extend his stay in Australia to engage audiences across two standalone talks in Sydney and Melbourne to discuss one of the most pressing issues at the forefront of contemporary global politics: religion in society.
An ex-radical Islamist, Nawaz has redirected his efforts towards proactively critiquing the dangers of religious fundamentalism in the 21st century, penning the 2012 confessional ‘Radical: My Journey out of Islamist Extremism’ and continuing to be a positive force in the mammoth discussion on curtailing religious intolerance from both theists and non-theists, promoting the need for greater secularity within religion and society. One of the fundamental distinctions that Nawaz makes that he stresses must be adopted in discourse on radical extremism is the difference between the terms ‘Islam’ and ‘Islamism’, the former referring to the religion and the latter to the ‘ideological narrative’ that drives its fundamentalism.
His recent co-authoring ‘Islam and the Future of Tolerance: a Dialogue’ with controversial and celebrated ‘new atheist’ Sam Harris has amassed rapidly growing media attention from major outlets such as MSNBC and ABC Australia’s Lateline. Their dialogue sets aside arguing for or against the existence of deities and the justifications for each stance, instead teaming their efforts on a point of agreement: the role that religion plays in radical fundamentalism, and what approaches can be taken to promote a safer society for all.
These goals align themselves with Nawaz‘s Quilliam Foundation, founded in 2008: “the world’s first counter-extremism think tank set up to address the unique challenges of citizenship, identity, and belonging in a globalised world.” Quilliam’s focal points traverse our most pressing questions: What are the seemingly-countless and complex contributing risk factors for youths joining extremist groups? At which fault are the parties involved? How can these parties form alliances to efficiently combat extremist activity that claims lives by the thousands?
Think Inc. – the team behind the Australian tours of Sam Harris, Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dr Michio Kaku, Dr Cornel West and The ‘Amazing’ James Randi – are pleased to present An Evening with Maajid Nawaz in late January of 2016. Off the heels of his special guest appearances at An Evening with Sam Harris, Maajid Nawaz will engage Sydney and Brisbane audiences in the discussion of approaching these crucial conversations with critique, candour and courage.
Australian Tour Dates:
Friday 29 January 2016 |Deakin Edge, Melbourne
Saturday 30 January 2016 | Seymour Centre, Sydney
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