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Debates to bring together faith and the city

27 February 09

The University of Bradford's School of Lifelong Education and Development in partnership with the Bradford District Faiths Forum has established a 'Faith and the City' programme.

The programme, a series of thought provoking and challenging discussions, dialogues and discourses, will be led by speakers who are authorities and critics in the broad field of religion and politics.

The purpose of this programme is to raise the level of debate among key areas of communities and to encourage people to collectively think about difficult issues around cohesion, faith, politics and values.

Dean of the School of Lifelong Education and Development, Nadira Mirza, said: "The programme, supported by Bradford Council, has been inspired by the need to raise the level of debate among key sections of Bradford's communities and to encourage us to collectively think about difficult issues around faith, politics, current affairs and values.

"We hope the series will be accessible, challenging and enjoyable for all."

The first event in this series will be 'Looking forward to Guantanamo' by Moazzam Begg.  Moazzam was wrongly imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay for three years and subsequently released without charge.  He was released in 2005 and now lives in Birmingham with his family.

The debate will be held on Monday, 2 March, 2009 at 5.30pm in the JSB Lecture Theatre, Richmond Building at the University.   Places are free but must be booked.  To reserve your place please contact Nasar Fiaz, by on 01274 395398 or email:

27 February 09

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For further information please contact the University of Bradford Press Office on 01274 23 3089/3084.

Out of office hours call 07879 437996. Alternatively, e-mail or fax on (01274) 236280.