On 25th March 2010, Quilliam co-Director Maajid Nawaz was invited to speak on domestic policy towards Islamism, at an all-day event at King’s College London, organized by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation. Maajid spoke alongside Germany’s former Secretary of Justice, Dr Herta Däubler-Gmelin, the Director of Forward Thinking, Oliver McTernan and The Jewish Chronicle’s Political Editor, Martin Bright. The event was chaired by Andy Hull, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research.
Maajid argued that firstly we must recognize what Islamism is, as opposed to simply confusing it with religious conservativism. Secondly, we must challenge Islamism from a human rights perspective. Thirdly, we must differentiate between legal and civil tolerance. Fourthly, especially in continental Europe, we must recognize Muslims as equal citizens. Fifthly, we must move away from the umbrella group model of representation and sixthly, it’s not about who we talk to but what we talk about.