Religious Toleration in Comparative Perspective

The Second Zutshi-Smith Memorial Lecture - Religious...
The Second Zutshi-Smith Memorial Lecture – Religious Toleration in
Comparative Perspective

Thursday, May 24, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 8:15PM
University of Bristol, Graduate School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square,

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Professor the Lord Parekh of Kingston-upon-Hull, Centennial Professor,
London School of Economics

Dr. Amira Bennison, University Senior Lecturer in Middle Eastern and
Islamic Studies and Fellow of Magdalene College, University of Cambridge

Professor John Coffey, Professor of Early Modern History, University of

Professor Peter Harvey, Professor of Buddhist Studies, University of

The second Zutshi-Smith memorial lecture is on the topic of religious
toleration. Our lecturer, Professor the Lord Parekh will be speaking on ‘A
Comparative Perspective on Religious Toleration’. Lord Parekh will consider
the place of religious toleration in different religious traditions, and
what religions can offer to the creation and maintenance of traditions of
toleration. A distinguished panel of experts will respond to his lecture
before the floor is opened to question and comment. The evening will close
with a drinks reception in the conference foyer.

The late Derek Zutshi (1930-2007) studied medicine at the University of
Bristol before embarking on a glittering medical career. His long-standing
and tireless support of the university culminated in a number of endowments
in memory of his, and his wife’s, parents, including the one memorialised
in this lecture series. His will established a series of public lectures or
symposia to take place biennially, given by persons of international
reputation, on the subjects of the improvement and understanding of current
international relations, the promotion of religious tolerance and
understanding, and the reasons for and possible solutions to conflicts with
a religious character. The first memorial lecture was given in 2009 by
Professor Lord Plant of Highfield on ‘Religion in a Liberal State’ and was
followed by an interdisciplinary academic symposium on the lecture, the
proceedings of which will be published by Cambridge University Press.

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