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Oxford Debate: The Fate of the British Isis Brides and their Children

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Marina Wheeler Chaired by Stephen Law

Sunday, 3 April 2022

4:00pm

1 hour

Randolph Hotel: Ballroom

£7 - £12.50

Writer and commentator Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and lawyer and columnist Marina Wheeler debate our responsibilities to the so-called Isis Brides who travelled to Syria and ask whether they should be allowed to return to the UK.

Shamima Begum was one of three East London girls who left the UK for Syria in 2015. She is now held in a refugee camp in Syria. Her case drew public attention to the many Muslim women and teenage girls who had voluntarily left their home countries to join the Islamic State and now wanted to return. Begum was stripped of her UK nationality. The UN estimates around 8,000 children of foreign terrorist fighters also languish in such squalid camps. Some women remain devoted to ISIS and work as violent enforcers within the camps. Others have turned their back on the ideology but are terrified of admitting it. What are our responsibilities to Begum, and other British ‘Isis Brides’ and their children now languishing behind barbed wire? Should they be allowed to return to the UK?

Alibhai-Brown is a British journalist and author who has written extensively on issues of diversity and social justice. Her books include In Defence of Political Correctness, Refusing The Veil, and Exotic England: The Making of A Curious Nation. Wheeler is a lawyer, author, and columnist. She has a particular interest in human rights law, including cases involving suspected radicalisation. She is author of a memoir, The Lost Homestead: My Family, Partition and the Punjab, detailing her family’s history in India.

Discussions are chaired by Dr Stephen Law, a philosopher and academic, author of bestselling introductions to philosophy for adults and children, and editor of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Journal Think.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller The Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Marlene Hauser Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Jill Dunsmore David Isaac Carole and John Allen Lucian Hudson Pank Koria CEO of Project People Masumi and Jonathan Dobson Miles Young Emily Rose and James Marrow Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture George Warren Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture John Roberts Owen Mumford Supporter of programme of science and medicine Exeter College Exeter College Trinity College Trinity College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. Eastgate Hotel Eastgate Hotel, a festival hotel The Feathers Hotel Woodstock festival hotel Critchleys Accountants to the festival Project People Foodbuy European Union Delegation of the European Union to the United Kingdom T S Eliot Foundation Alan Squire Publishing Sponsor of American novelists and poets Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Racalia Olive Oil Olive oil from Sicily Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Siren Communications Siren Communications - corporate consultants Chêne Bleu Wines of Provence Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Seacourt Printers Festival printers Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd James Currey Society Hattus Books Hattus Books La Cave Musik Pusey House Cervantes Institute, London Confucius Institute Literature Ireland