Following on from our open letter to Student Rights, we hosted a dialogue between Rupert Sutton of Student Rights, and Hilary Aked, Researcher and Journalist who opposes their activities and campaign on segregation


Open Letter to Student Rights

As members of SOAS Christian-Muslim Dialogue Society, we oppose your vilification and targeting of university Islamic societies including SOAS Islamic Society on the issue of gender segregation in their events.

We support the right of each student to act according to his or her personal religious convictions. For some, segregated seating serves these convictions and allows participation in mixed events. We support the right of SOAS Islamic Society to accommodate both segregated and mixed seating in any event.

We oppose the notion that segregated seating is somehow indicative of extremism, and believe this to be motivated by Islamophobic sentiments.

As members of a Society including Christians, Muslims, and individuals of other faiths and none, we stand with SOAS Islamic Society in this matter.


The appended list of names represents members of the society who have expressed agreement with the contents of this letter. 

 1. Laura Hassan

2. Mujahid Dattani

3. Afia Ahmed

4. Johanna Schnell

5. Amina Bayoumi

6. Tariq al-Daour

7. Hind Alasgah

8. Zarqa Parvez

9. Nafeesa Mistry

10. Talene Bilazarian

11. Deborah Harrison

12. Salima Bandji

13. Rawia Tawfiq

14. Husaini Jamil

15. Lauren Pilgrim

16. Rabia Khan

17. Aneesa Eps

18. Makhdoom Mohsin Ali

19. Jasmine Arif

20. Omar Salha

21. Rene Sieger

22. Brittany Smutek

23. Karmel Aktopuk-Carey

24. Hanaa Hasan

25. Fatima Jama

26. Behar Sadriu

27. Anwar Anwar

28. Duncan Tarrant

29. Katya Nell

30. Hutabarat Nerci

31. Ecre Karadag

32. Caroline Osella

33. Jacob Hinds

34. Sila Ulucay

35. Anastasia Ravenall

36. Saqib Ali Rafiq

37. Maryam Siddiq

38. Jane Nurse

39. Tom Linton

40. Safiya Abdi

41. Helena Wondim

42. Nurullah Guley





Looking back on a fantastic term…

So we’re getting the blog going, and looking back on last term

We had many fascinating conversations..

We collaborated with SOAS Womens’ Society for our event entitled ‘Believing Women: Do faith and feminism intersect in Islam and Christianity?’…

We read each others’ scriptures with much interest and debate…

We had an average of 30 people attending each event, with over 50 people at some…

We started to work together in practical ways…

May the dialogue continue.

(And from now on, we’ll be blogging about it regularly too!)

Freshers Fair

Come, join the dialogue,
 or read the story of our conversation right here.


FIRST EVENT OF TERM: Wednesday October 2nd, Location TBA
So you’ve arrived! But did you leave your faith at home? University is a time to think and debate, to encounter ideas you may never have thought possible.
As Muslims and Christians, how do we respond to the challenges and opportunities thrown at us by university life? Is it possible to stay true to our childhood faith – or even to grow in faith in God – during our time at uni?

Come along to experience Muslim-Christian dialogue for the first time. We create an open and welcoming environment where we can share common ground and discuss differences, learning about Islam and Christianity from each other.Come and see what SOAS Muslim-Christian Dialogue is all about, with stories of personal faith and plenty of room for discussion.

Snacks provided (of course)!

To join our mailing list (if you don’t get a chance at freshers’ fair), please email 542487@soas.ac.uk.