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Good Muslim or bad Muslim? Moderate or radical? Establishment or grassroots? Global or local? Exploring the ways, we mobilise, conform, rebel and evolve, Asim Qureshi’s new book, A Virtue of Disobedience, examines our agency. He will be in conversation with fellow panellists Hareem Gani, National Union of Student (NUS) Women’s Officer, and Dr Narzanin Massoumi, author of ‘Muslim Women, Social Movements and the War on Terror’.

Asim Qureshi
Asim has a law degree and a masters degree in Human Rights and Islamic Law. He is the Research Director of the advocacy organisation CAGE, and since 2004 has specialised in investigating the impact of the global War on Terror. His is the author of the 2009 book, Rules of the Game: Detention, Deportation, Disappearance and is the author of a forthcoming title ‘A Virtue of Disobedience’. He co-founded the book review website The Bookslamist and is currently completing a PhD in International Conflict Analysis.

Dr Narzanin Massoumi
Dr Massoumi is Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Exeter and a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (2016- 2019). Her research examines ‘race’, social movements and counter terrorism and is currently focused on the impact of the UK government’s Prevent programme on higher education institutions. She is the author of Muslim Women, Social Movements and the ‘War on Terror’ (2015) and a co-editor of What is Islamophobia? Racism, Social Movements and the State (2017).

Hareem Ghani 
Hareem is a History undergraduate with an interest in feminist politics, race and religion. She was re-elected as Women’s Officer for the National Union of Students (NUS), and spends her days organising and developing resources on harassment in Higher Education and Further Education. Most recently, she has commissioned research into the experiences of Muslim students in education and organised a ‘Gendered Islamophobia’ Tour looking into the experiences of Muslim women in Britain today.

Malia Bouattia
Malia is an activist, the former President of the National Union of Students, co-founder of the Students not Suspects/Educators not Informants Network and presenter/panellist on British Muslim TV’s Women Like Us. She also writes for The New Arab, Aljazeera the Middle East Eye and has recently contributed to the newly published For the Many: Preparing Labour For Power alongside Ken Loach, Jon Lansman and others.