French Talks: Talking about Islam in Multicultural Societies

Date: 25 Nov 2019, 8:00pm - 10:00pm (GMT+08:00) Kuala Lumpur

[French Talks] In conversation with Hanan Ben Rhouma : Talking about Islam in Multicultural Societies
Talk Conducted in English

Free entrance upon RSVP
Monday 25 November, 8pm

Hanan Ben Rhouma and Dina Zaman will exchange views on how to deal with religion (and particularly Islam) in multicultural societies, as journalists who have to take into account both the specific needs of their audience and the sensitivities of different groups, while staying away from the sensationalist coverage of Islam which is often found in mainstream media. They will also discuss the freedom of expression and of religion in the specific context of French secularism (laïcité). If media are meant to be a mirror of society, how should media cover religions in multicultural and multireligious societies?

Hanan Ben Rhouma

Hanan Ben Rhouma has a master degree in European studies and International relations. She is working since 2008 as journalist and, since 2013, as chief editor of, the leading publication online on Muslim issues in France. Created in 2002, is part of a media group which includes since 2008 Salamnews, the first French magazine on Muslim cultures, for which Hanan Ben Rhouma is also working for.  

Dina Zaman
Ms Zaman is one of the founders of IMAN Research, athink tank that studies society, beliefs and perception. Its core work is community resilience by countering violent extremism. Formerly a journalist, she has written two books on faith in Malaysia: I Am Muslim and Holy Men, Holy Women.


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Alliance Française de Kuala Lumpur
Embassy of France in Malaysia
Institut Francais


What is French Talks?
Welcoming French and Malaysian experts, it aims at creating a space of dialogue, and a bridge between the two countries and their cultures. This is particularly timely in this new Malaysia where people are willing to express their views.

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