The House of Islam

Ed Husain In Conversation with Katharine Murphy

Saturday 25 August 2018
11.00AM – 12 NOON
Visions Theatre
National Museum of Australia

A fascinating and revelatory exploration of the intricacies of Islam and the inner psyche of the Muslim world from the bestselling author of The Islamist. Mohammed 'Ed' Husain is a writer and academic with the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City. He was born in London into a Bangladeshi Muslim family. His much acclaimed first book The Islamist is about his five years as an Islamic activist, a path he has now rejected. In Conversation with The Guardian's political editor, Katharine Murphy, Ed will seek to narrow the ever-widening gap of mistrust, ignorance and fear between the West and Islam.

Ed Husain is the author of  The Islamist, a memoir of his time inside radical Islamism. Having rejected extremism, he now advises governments and political leaders on Islam. He is a senior fellow at Civitas, Institute for the Study of Civil Society in London and a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre in Washington DC. He was a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York for five years and co-founded Quilliam, the world's first counter-extremism think-tank in Britain. He has written for the  New York Times,  the  Telegraph,  the  Financial Times  and appeared on CNN, BBC, and others. He lives in London.

Katharine Murphy has been a journalist in Canberra’s Parliamentary Press Gallery for two decades and is now political editor of Guardian Australia. She is the host of the political podcast Australian politics live and a regular pundit on television and radio, including the ABC’s Insiders program. In 2008, she won the Paul Lyneham award for excellence in press gallery journalism, while in 2012 she was a Walkley award finalist in the best digital journalism category. She regularly contributes to Meanjin.