Festival talks by Ali Ansari

89. IRAN, ISLAM AND DEMOCRACY: THE POLITICS OF MANAGING CHANGE

Generously supported by
KEITH & KATRINA CRAIG

The surprise election of Hasan Rouhani in 2013 has refocused attention on the dynamics between Islam and democracy in Iran after the hiatus of the Ahmadinejad presidency. The brilliant Professor Ali Ansari will give a compelling account of the politics of reform and shine a clear light on the pressures and pitfalls Iran faces in politics and international relations.

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5. BRITAIN: THE THREAD OF HISTORY – AN INTRODUCTION

Generously supported by
ANONYMOUS DONOR

Ali Ansari will introduce the five-year project we are launching this year with an overview of the past 413 years of our islands’ history, exploring many of the themes and narrative twists that have led the United Kingdom to become the country it is. Insightful and thought-provoking, it will begin to explain why we are the cultural and ethnic mixture we are today.

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