National Consultation

Getting Religion

Challenging religious illiteracy in a time of global uncertainty

A Lapido Media event to launch the

Religion, Security and Global Uncertainties Report

Published by the Open University and the Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research.



Portcullis House, Westminster
6 January 2015
12pm - 4pm

For an invitation contact Taj Bilkhu on

Admission will be by invitation only.


Watch the short introduction to project issues and themes below from the OU:


The six-minute film below presents highlights from the lively discussion at the OU 2014 symposium.


With whom? 

Panellists confirmed so far ...

Dr Marat Shterin
Lecturer in Sociology of Religion at King’s College London
  Tom Holland
Award-winning historian and classicist
  Professor Grace Davie
of Exeter University
  Dr Mustafa Baig
Research Fellow, Islamics Reformulation Programme, Exeter University
  Betsy Hiel
Cairo-based Foreign Correspondent of the Pittsburgh Tribune

Moderated by Caroline Wyatt, BBC former Defence now Religion Correspondent.

Kindly hosted by John Glen MP(Conservative) and Dai Havard, MP (Labour) on behalf of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Uncertainties.


THE RELIGION, SECURITY AND GLOBAL UNCERTAINTIES REPORT examines the relationship between religion and security, including terrorism and so-called ‘religious violence’. It has two key objectives:

  • To provide guidance on identifying circumstances in which religion (either on its own or in combination with other factors) is likely to give rise to security challenges.
  • To provide a constructive interrogation of some underexplored assumptions relating to religion and security.

The report is informed by research conducted between October 2013 and January 2014, which included a series of interviews with academic researchers and roundtable discussions with MPs, public policy officers, journalists, church ministers, school head teachers and representatives of faith communities, local community organisations and NGOs.

Please follow these links for the Executive Summary and Recommendations and the Full Report (PDF).