Coinciding with a major BBC three-part series about the Ottoman Empire, Middlesex University is bringing together the series’ makers and a leading human rights expert in Hendon to debate the empire and how it relates to the Middle East in today’s context.
The debate about 600 years of the ‘last great Islamic empire’ will look at what the Ottomans can teach us about minority rights in the Middle East today, what history reveals about tolerance and minority rights across Europe and the Middle East, and whether Turkey holds a key to understanding the West's relationship with Islam?
The talking points thrown up by the BBC series ‘The Ottomans: Europe's Muslim Emperors’ will be discussed by the programme’s Executive Producer Mike Smith; BBC Head of Religion and Ethics, Commissioning Editor and Middlesex University Professor Aaqil Ahmed; and leading human rights expert Dr Kathleen Cavanaugh.
The debate will be followed by the launch of the book ‘Minority Rights in the Middle East’ by Middlesex University’s Professor Joshua Castellino and NUI Galway’s Dr Kathleen Cavanaugh.
Challenging some of the existing narratives on minorities in the Middle East, the book provides an overview of the historical social formation of minority groups within the region and examines how the status of these groups, as well as their relationship with a range of legal frameworks, have shifted and changed over time.
The event will include the screening of clips from ‘The Ottomans: Europe's Muslim Emperors’ series. The three-part BBC Two series presented by Rageh Omaar traces the 600-year-old story of the Ottoman Empire that encompassed European, Arab and North African lands. Filmed on location in Turkey, the Balkans, Greece and the Middle East, it examines the many sides of the dynasty of Sultans including the changing role of religion, its economic ambitions, social organisation and its relationship with non-Muslims.
The event takes place on Friday 18 October from 3.30pm at Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon, NW4 4BT (Grove building TV studio, room GG44). To book a free place email Christiana on C.Rose@mdx.ac.uk