Literature & Resistance Conference 2024

Date: Sunday 2nd ,June , 2024

Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Venue: New Road Hotel
103-107 New Road, Whitechapel
London, E1 1HJ

Light refreshments, including tea, coffee, and water, will be available.

Program Details and Day’s Schedule: To be confirmed

Aim and Objectives

The aims of the ILS conference include the following:

  1. To critically analyse the utilization of literature, particularly influenced by Islamic teachings, within resistance movements against occupation and colonization.

  2. To investigate the potential of literature in the present context to resist various forms of occupation, tyranny, and oppression, including colonization of the mind.

  3. To explore how literature facilitates the formation of movements capable of challenging the status quo and mobilizing activism, most notably in the context of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

  4. To highlight, through historical references and examples from both Muslim and non-Muslim societies, instances where literature played a pivotal role in creating successful resistance movements against oppression and dehumanization.

  5. To raise awareness within the Muslim community about the enduring significance of literature as a means of resistance against all forms of injustice and subjugation.

  6. To foster a deeper understanding of how literature has been a catalyst for awakening and mobilizing communities in the face of adversity.

  7. To showcase historical examples and contemporary narratives that demonstrate the power of literature in empowering Muslim communities to confront and challenge all forms of oppression and injustice.


Prof. Muzaffar Iqbal (Canada) – Live Video Link.

LectureTitle: Literature Against Ṭāghūt

Dr. Muzaffar Iqbal is the founder-president of the Center for Islamic Sciences (, Canada, previously known as the Center for Islam and Science. He is also the editor of Islamic Sciences, a semi-annual journal of Islamic perspectives on science and civilization, and the General Editor of the seven-volume Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qur’an. This encyclopedia is the first English-language reference work on the Qur’an based on fourteen centuries of Muslim reflection and scholarship, with the first volume published in January 2013. Dr. Iqbal received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1983. Afterward, he left the field of experimental science to fully devote himself to studying Islam. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, he has lived in Canada and the United States since 1979. He has held academic and research positions at the University of Saskatchewan (1979-1984), the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1984-1985), and McGill University (1986).

Dr. Shamim Miah (UK) – Recorded.

Lecture Title: Literature and the Politics of Speaking Truth to Power: The Case for Muslim Liberation Theology.

Dr. Shamim Miah is a senior lecturer and the author of four books: Ibn Khaldun: Education, History and Society (due 2023); Race, Space, and Multiculturalism in Northern England (co-author, 2020); Muslims and the Question of Security: Trojan Horse, Prevent, and Racial Politics (2017); and Muslims Schooling and the Question of Self-Segregation, which received a ‘highly commended’ book award from the Society for Educational Studies (2016). Shamim is the co-editor of the Muslims in Britain series (Oxford University Press). He is also a senior fellow at the Centre for Postnormal Policy and Futures Studies and an associate editor for the journal Critical Muslim (Hurst).

Dr. Anas Altikriti (UK) – To Be Confirmed.

Lecture Title: To Be Confirmed

Dr. Anas Altikriti is the CEO and Founder of the Cordoba Foundation in London. He holds a PhD in Political Studies and has lectured in Linguistics and Political Studies at several UK universities. He is the former President of the Muslim Association of Britain and a central figure in the global Anti-War movement. He organized and chaired many large demonstrations against the war in Iraq, in support of Palestinian rights, and against Islamophobia, racism, and fascism.

Dr. Mustapha Sheikh (UK) In person.

Lecture Title: An Iqbalian intervention in contemporary philosophical debates about the idea of “ground”

Dr. Mustapha Sheilkh has a degree in Islamic Law and Theology (Fath al-Islami, Syria and EIHS, Wales), an MSt in the Study of Religions (St Cross College, Oxford), a DPhil in Theology (St Cross College, Oxford), having previously taken a degree in Project Management at UCL. He has been a member of Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Leeds since 2009, and has held visiting positions at Bangor University and Aston Business School. His work is distinguished in the field for its critical engagement with Muslim tradition that is attentive to the play between power and knowledge building; and for a scholarly approach grounded in both academic and traditional-madrasa training.

Dr. Osman Latiff (UK). In person.

Lecture Title: The resistance of poetry in the anti-Frankish jihad’

Dr. Osman Latiff, a Senior Researcher and Instructor at Sapience Institute, holds a BA in History, an MA in Crusader Studies, and a PhD focused on the “Place of Fada’il al-Quds (Merits of Jerusalem) and Religious Poetry in the Muslim effort to recapture Jerusalem in the Crusades.” With numerous presentations at esteemed academic institutions both in the UK and internationally, he published “The Cutting Edge of the Poet’s Sword: Muslim Poetic Responses to the Crusades” in 2018. Additionally, he has authored various academic articles and book chapters in history. His post-doctorate research in Politics and International Relations, examining the impact of war media iconography on US identity, resulted in the publication of “Navigating War, Dissent and Empathy in Arab/U.S relations: Seeing Our Others in Darkened Spaces” (Springer, 2021). He further explored the theme of empathy in challenging attitudes of otherness in human societies with his book “On Being Human: How Islam Addresses Othering, dehumanisation and Empathy,” published in February 2020. Dr. Latiff’s recent theological work, “Divine Perfection: Christianity and Islam on Sin and Salvation” (Sapience Institute, 2022), responds to Christian missionaries and advocates for the maximal perfection of Allah as reflected in Islamic doctrines.

Dr. Irfanullah Farooqi (India) – Live Video Link .

Lecture Title: Muhammad Iqbal’s ‘Poetic’ Response to Territorial Nationalism: A Few Observations

Dr. Irfanullah Farooqi is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. Before joining SAU, he worked in the Department of Sociology at Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia. As a result of his M.Phil. on Faiz Ahmad Faiz and Ph.D. on Muhammad Iqbal (both from the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University), he has developed a keen interest in the intersection of sociology, literature, and history. Currently, he is inclined towards Islam and Muslims in South Asia, Urdu Studies, South Asian Social Thought, Sociology of Literature, and Sociology of Education. He is also interested in the university-nation interface, academic freedom, secular-religious exchange, media-culture dynamics, and questions related to identity.

Prof. John M. Hobson(UK) In person.

Lecture Title: 1001 Myths about Islam: Resisting the Revisionist Islamocidal Literature

Professor Hobson gained his PhD from the LSE (1991), joined the Department in 2004 as Reader and became Professor of Politics and International Relations in 2005. Previously he taught at La Trobe University, Melbourne (1991–97) and the University of Sydney (1997–2004). His main research interest concerns the area of inter-civilizational relations and everyday political economy. His work is principally involved in carrying forward the critique of Eurocentrism in World History/Historical Sociology, International Relations and IPE.


Note: While attendance is free for this event, registration is required. The Islamic Literary Society encourages attendees to consider making a contribution of £20 to support future events and initiatives. You have the option to make the payment either on the day of the event or by using the following account details.

Please make payment to: Islamic Literary Society. Acc No – 40939668. Sort Code – 309090


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