Royal Holloway University of London Department of History
Date: 8 February 2010
Professor Humayun Ansari delivers his inaugural lecture, “The ‘Muslim World’ in British Historical Imaginations”
Humayun Ansari – The ‘Muslim World’ in British Historical Imaginations
Since 9/11, anxiety, and indeed fear, generated by the Muslim presence in the West and by what appear as threatening developments in different parts of the so-called Muslim world, has created at times almost a sense of collective panic. This lecture seeks to deepen our understanding of 21st century tensions by looking at the longer term history of the problematic encounter between Britain and the Muslim world, exploring the place (or places) that Islam, Muslims and Muslim societies have occupied over centuries in the British historical discourse and the impact that these interactions have had on shaping the British imaginary.
Vote of the Thanks by Francis Robinson: