Project information

Community Dialogue Publications Distribution

Sending out publications to give people the confidence, tools and motivation to reach across cultural and religious divides.
10 Community Dialogue Manuals empower people to bring communities together. 'Dialogue in Islam' explains the Islamic basis for dialogue, undermining extremist narratives.

6 months

Charity information: Dialogue Society

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  • Need

    Need

    The Dialogue Society has grassroots experience of key barriers to positive intercultural engagement in UK society:
    - Minority groups sometimes become somewhat insular and isolated because they lack the skills and confidence to build stronger relationships with other groups
    - Some young and/or vulnerable UK Muslims do not have a strong sense of how their faith relates to relations with the non-Muslim majority; they are vulnerable to dangerous extremist narratives which distort Islam's teachings

    Solution

    Sending Dialogue Society publications to a meticulously prepared target list helps to inspire and empower positive engagement.

    The ten manuals provide tangible ideas, know-how and resources to support people to reach out to one another and strengthen their communities.
    In Dialogue in Islam, Ahmet Kurucan and Mustafa K Erol give a readable introduction to the relationship between Islam and dialogue, empowering Muslims to counter extremist interpretations and to engage with confidence.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To inspire community groups, faith groups and individuals to proactively bring communities together

    Activities

    » Widely distributing the Community Dialogue Manuals, which present and explain 35 tried and tested simple community dialogue projects

    We will email and call recipients to find out whether they have been inspired to undertake dialogue initiatives


    Aim 2

    To give people the tools and confidence for community dialogue

    Activities

    » Widely distributing the Community Dialogue Manuals, which provide advice, checklists and over one hundred sample letters, emails and forms

    We will email and call recipients to find out whether they have undertaken community dialogue initiatives, and whether they have been successful


    Aim 3

    To encourage Muslims in proactive, positive intercultural engagement

    Activities

    » Distributing 'Dialogue in Islam', which draws on the Qur'an and Sunnah to explain that dialogue is an integral part of the fabric of Islam

    We will collect feedback from Muslim recipients of 'Dialogue in Islam' and the manuals and find out if the publications have changed their attitudes to intercultural engagement


    Aim 4

    To help young Muslims and vulnerable Muslims to counter extremist narratives

    Activities

    » Distributing Dialogue in Islam to mosques, university Islamic societies, and community groups

    We will seek feedback from recipients of 'Dialogue in Islam', inquiring if it has changed their attitudes to intercultural engagement or helped them challenge extremist positions


    Aim 5

    To build trust and respect between different cultural and religious groups in the UK

    Activities

    » All of the above!

    We will collect feedback from recipients of the publications on impact on their attitudes and on contact/relationships between different local groups


  • Impact

    Impact

    The project will contribute to improved intercultural understanding in many diverse areas of the UK by empowering proactive engagement in community-building dialogue.

    It will also play a part in definitively undermining damaging extremist interpretations of the Islamic sources and in helping young UK Muslims to develop strong, authentic senses of identity.

    Risk

    Recipients of manuals may have questions or need additional support to have the confidence to undertake projects. Covering letters with the manuals provide contact details for free consultancy.

    There is a risk of sending publications to organisations who will not be inclined to use them. We initially send just one or two carefully chosen publications per organisation, explaining that we can send others if requested.

    Reporting

    We will compile feedback and testimonials from recipients of publications and send reports to donors by email.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Dialogue in Islam Postage and packaging of 1000 books
      £5,000 Manuals Postage and packaging of 2500 manuals
  • Background

    Location

    Publications will be sent throughout the UK to handpicked community centres, mosques, university Islamic societies, and educational institutions.

    Beneficiaries

    While the manuals should be of use to diverse community groups, and 'Dialogue in Islam' is accessible to non-Muslims, we are especially looking to support and empower Muslim communities with this particular project. A lot of the publications will go to towns and cities with significant Muslim populations.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Dialogue Society is a Muslim-led organisation which draws inspiration from Islam in its mission to build cohesion and strong intercultural relations. It can thus publish and distribute materials exploring the relationship between Islam and dialogue with credibility and authenticity.

    Its Community Dialogue Manuals are based on extensive staff experience of grassroots dialogue initiatives. Staff have the experience to provide consultancy to recipients who need further support.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Ilknur Kahraman, Co-Director

    She leads on the distribution of the publications. She has long experience of grassroots dialogue and of staff and volunteer management.

    Frances Sleap, Project Co-Ordinator And Research Fellow

    She assists in compiling and prioritising distribution lists and in supporting volunteers assisting with research and packaging.

£300

takes Dialogue in Islam to 100 vulnerable Muslims