Belief

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Reza Aslan

No God But God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam

Hay Festival 2006, 
Can an Islamic state be founded on democratic values? Aslan believes we are now living in the era of 'the Islamic Reformation'. He examines the roots of this reformation and the future of the Islamic faith.

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Free to Offend?

Joan Bakewell, Madeleine Bunting, Ziauddin Sardar, Philip Hensher, Reza Aslan and Anthony Julius

Hay Festival 2006, 
How are both religious sensibility and freedom of expression to be accommodated in pluralistic societies? Is offence the price believers must pay for living in a free society? Or do those who advocate free speech have to accept that in some circumstances other beliefs and principles may have to take priority?

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The Story of God

Robert Winston

Hay Festival 2006, 
The eminent medic and broadcaster discusses the relationship between religion and science from primitive times to our multi-faith world.

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Rageh Omaar talks to George Osborne

Only Half of Me: Being a Muslim in Britain

Hay Festival 2006, 
The Somali-born journalist discusses his own experience, and that of other British Muslims with the shadow Chancellor.

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Karen Armstrong talks to Melvyn Bragg

The Great Transformation

Hay Festival 2006, 
Between 800 and 300 BC there was an explosion of new religious concepts fundamentally transforming our understanding of what it is to be human. But why did Socrates, Buddha, Confucius, Jeremiah, Lao Tzu and others all emerge in this 500-year span? And why do they have such similar ideas about humanity?

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Is Islam Incompatible With Democracy?

Michael Gove, Rageh Omaar, Ziauddin Sardar, Martin Bright, Tahmina Anam

Hay Festival 2007, 
From the beleaguered Iraqi parliament and Sharia courts in Karachi to Westminster’s ‘hearts and minds’ projects in Preston and East London, can Islam and democracy ever find common ground?

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Steve Jones

Why Intelligent Design is Stupid

Hay Festival 2007, 
Scientists are professional pessimists, always dubious about what they find. Believers, in contrast, are certain: full of joy that their own Big Book contains the truth. The geneticist talks about science and faith as conflicting explanations of what we are; and how biology, in the end, is blind.

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Richard Dawkins talks to Rosie Boycott

The God Delusion

Hay Festival 2007, 
The geneticist eviscerates religion, intelligent design, and the idea of a supreme being.

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Christopher Hitchens talks to Ian McEwan

God Is Not Great

London Events 2007, 
Christopher Hitchens presents his case against religion to a London audience. He talks to Ian McEwan.

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Rt Rev V Gene Robinson

The 2008 President’s Lecture

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Bishop of New Hampshire, whose homosexuality threatens the schism of the Anglican Church discusses The State of the Communion. Chaired by Stephen Bates, author of God’s Own Country: Power and Religion in the USA.

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Christopher Hitchens

God is Not Great

Hay Festival 2008, 
The great contrarian eviscerates organised religion.

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Tariq Ramadan

The Messenger: The Meanings of the Life of Muhammad

Hay Festival 2008, 
The charismatic scholar sets the story of the Prophet in context.

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Giles Milton

Paradise Lost

Hay Festival 2008, 
Giles Milton recounts the catastrophe of Smyrna 1922: The Destruction of Islam’s City of Tolerance.

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David Nash

Blasphemy in the Christian World

Hay Festival 2008, 
David Nash seeks to understand why this medieval offence of ‘denial or denigration of God’ has reappeared to become a distinctly modern presence in the West.

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Christopher Jamison talks to Raj Persaud

In the Psychiatrist’s Chair

Hay Festival 2008, 
Raj Persaud interviews the Abbot of the Benedictine Monastery, Worth Abbey and author of Finding Sanctuary Christopher Jamison.

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Karen Armstrong

The Bible: The Biography

Hay Festival 2008, 
Karen Armstrong traces the gestation of the Bible to reveal a complex and contradictory document created by scores of people over hundreds of years, serving many constituencies and contexts.

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Elif Shafak en conversación con Marian Hens

Alhambra 2009, 
La escritora de origen turco Elif Shafak ha publicado novelas escritas en turco, inglés y francés. Su último trabajo de ficción es The bastard of
Istanbul (La bastarda de Estambul). Shafak conversará con la periodista de la BBC Marian Hens sobre diversos aspectos del pensamiento, la cultura y la sociedad en el mundo musulmán.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Roger Crowley

Empires of the Sea

Hay Festival 2009, 
In the sixteenth century the Mediterranean became the battleground for a titanic maritime struggle between Islam and Christianity. Roger Crowley brings to life this extraordinary confrontation, which set frontiers that hold to this day.

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Jonathan Sacks talks to Ed Stourton

Future Tense

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Chief Rabbi discusses his vision for the future of Judaism, Jewish life and Israel for the twenty-first century.

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Simon Blackburn

Cambridge 800 Series: Arguing about Religion – Hume Ten, Rest of World Nil

Hay Festival 2009, 
Philosophers tend to roll their eyes when scientists arrive and declaim that they have discovered either that there is a God, or that there isn’t. Blackburn shows why the current debate between militant atheists and militant theists can be improved by paying attention to David Hume.

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Ed Kessler

Cambridge 800 Series: Isaac and Ishmael – what next?

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Executive Director of the Centre for Study of Muslim–Jewish Relations surveys the state of play.

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Miri Rubin talks to Catherine Pepinster

Mother of God –A History of the Virgin Mary

Hay Festival 2009, 
Mary’s role in the Gospels is a relatively minor one, and yet in the centuries during which Christianity established itself she emerged as a powerful, strange and ungovernable force, endlessly remade and reimagined by wave after wave of devotees, ultimately becoming ‘a sort of God’, in ways that have always made some Christians uneasy.

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Lori Anne Ferrell

The Bible and the People

Hay Festival 2009, 
From manuscripts to Gutenbergs and Gideons we trace how the Bible has been endlessly retailored to meet the changing needs of religion, politics and the reading public while retaining its special status as a sacred text.

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Andrew Mottram

The God Boxes

Hay Festival 2009, 
Until the Reformation churches were huge multi-functional spaces. There was no other centre. No pubs. No civic centres or courts. Everything happened in the parish church. Then it all got stuck. The church became a ‘God box’ full of pews. The radical Director of Ecclesiastical Property Solutions discusses the role of church buildings in their communities today.

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Rowan Williams talks to AN Wilson

Dostoevsky: Language, Faith and Fiction

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s reading of the great Russian master asks us to imagine what might be possible if we – characters and readers – saw the world in another light; the light provided by faith.

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