Hub Talks: A Virtue of Disobedience

A Virtue of Disobedience, reflections on injustice in the world with Asim Qureshi, Moazzam Begg, Lowkey, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, Jody McIntyre and Dr Walaa Quisay 


Our final Hub Talks event explores political philosophy with Asim Qureshi as he reflects on injustice he sees in the world around him. Covering issues from torture and extrajudicial killings, to racism and discrimination, A Virtue of Disobedience takes the reader on a journey through the history of oppression, and begins a conversation about how previous acts of resistance and disobedience, through faith and virtue, can be liberating in the range of contemporary issues communities face today.


In times of political crises and repression, the state has often resorted to emergency powers, often directed at specific suspect communities. Whether it is the period of Nazi Germany, the black civil rights movement, Apartheid or the Troubles in Northern Ireland, there has been a tension between the way that power exerts itself and those who seek to resist the excesses of the state.

Movements seeking rights and equal treatment before the law produced vast amounts of literature to intellectually describe and challenge the epistemology and discourse of their periods – they formed a body of resistance literature that has been crucial in formulating what we consider today to be among the most important works on anti-racism and anti-tyranny.

Asim brings together a dynamic panel that illustrate “being disobedient to authoritarianism, we can put forward a claim to being obedient to justice.”



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Dr Asim Qureshi – @AsimCP

Graduated in Law (LLB Hons) LLM, specialising in International Law and Islamic Law. He completed his PhD in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent.

He is the Research Director at the advocacy group CAGE, and since 2003 has specialised in investigating the impact of counterterrorism practices worldwide. He has published a wide range of NGO reports, academic journals and articles. In 2009, he authored the book Rules of the Game: Detention, Deportation, Disappearance (Hurst, Columbia UP) a chapter in the 2017 book What is Islamophobia? (Pluto Press, Chicago UP) and in 2018 A Virtue of Disobedience (Unbound and ByLine Books). Since 2010, he has been advising legal teams involved in defending terrorism trials in the US and at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


Moazzam Begg – @Moazzam_Begg

Moazzam Begg is a former prisoner of the US military at Guantanamo Bay. As outreach director of CAGE he regularly writes, lectures and appears in media discussing the torture, detention without trial, politics, the Middle East and Muslim world. He is also a published author and poet.


Lowkey -@Lowkey0nline

Rapper and campaigner Lowkey has released his first album in 8 years – the highly anticipated and epic ‘Soundtrack To The Struggle 2’. The album acts as a sequel to his last official album, 2011’s widely acclaimed ‘Soundtrack To The Struggle’ which at the time BBC’s Charlie Sloth described as “the best album of the year, no probably THE best album of the past few years period!”

After a hiatus which saw the British-Iraqi hip hop artist take time off to focus on studies and activism, he has returned to a different world politically and a country and in a state of flux. Despite this, the same issues around race, war, global poverty and politics remain. He uses the album to shine a light on the inner workings of global power structures, multi nationals and their relationships with governments, whilst also address themes such as the refugee crisis, Islamophobia, the Grenfell disaster, Trump’s rise to power and much more. He does this in his own highly musical way, dissecting his unrivalled wordplay with anthemic choruses and unrelentingly flows.


Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan  – @thebrownhijabi

Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan is an educator, writer and spoken-word poet. Her work interrogates narratives around race, gender, Islamophobia, feminism, state violence and colonialism. She studied History at Cambridge and Postcolonial Studies at SOAS. Her debut poetry collection, Postcolonial Banter, was published by Verve Poetry Press in 2019 and she is the founder and author of, and co-author of A FLY Girl’s Guide to University: Being a Woman of Colour at Cambridge and Other Institutions of Power and Elitism. She was the 2017 Runner-Up of the national Roundhouse Poetry Slam and short-listed for the 2018 Outspoken Prize for performance poetry. Her work has over two million online views, has been featured on BBC Radio stations, ITV, Sky TV, the Islam channel and more, she has written for The Guardian, The Independent and Al-Jazeera and she has performed at music festivals, universities nationally and internationally, at TEDx conventions, mosques, protests and slams.


Jody McIntyre 

Jody McIntyre is a writer and widely-published journalist. He has lived in several countries including Palestine, Venezuela and Mauritania. You can follow him on Instagram via: @disabledpeoplecan


Dr Walaa Quisay – @DrWalaaQuisay

Dr Walaa Quisay completed her doctorate at the University of Oxford. Her research pertains to “Neo-traditionalism” in the West; how neo-traditionalist scholars and seekers navigate modernity, tradition, and politics. She is currently a teaching fellow at the University of Birmingham.



Hub Talks at Impact Hub Birmingham have over the years been a home for rich conversation, discussion and debate on everyday issues that affect the different communities of Birmingham.

The aim of #HubTalks has been to provide a platform for authentic voices to be heard and disseminated. From our early events with Dorothy Koomson and Nadiya Hussain from Great British Bake Off, to Angie Thomas, New York Times best selling writer and Afua Hirsch discussing the need for Brit(ish), Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené sharing Slay in Your Lane, Patrisse Khan-Cullors bringing to the fore the need for Black Live Matters, to The Good Immigrant with Birmingham Literature Festival , and award winning YA writers such as Patrick Ness and Jason Reynolds, to Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan and Priya Gopal highlighting the impact of Empire, we have been implicitly growing our reputation for convening to hear from deliberate and nuanced writers.

Our approach to programming has consistently been about quietly showing a different story – we hope to continue to share these stories.




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Date & Time

November 17, 2019 | 15:00 to 17:00


Impact Hub Birmingham


Entry Fee

Cost for Members: Free

Cost for Non Members: £5

Updated on 11 November 2019