Dr H.A. Hellyer
, Fellow at the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations at the University of Warwick and Founder-Director of the West-Muslim world relations research consultancy, the Visionary Consultants Group (UK, Egypt & Malaysia), visited Switzerland for a series of debates around the future of Islam in Europe organised by the British Council.
Dr Hellyer is a United Nations ‘Global Expert’ on minority-majority relations, political philosophy, and the interplay between religion and modernity. He was Ford Fellow of the Project on US-Islamic World Relations at the Brookings Institution (USA).
During his visit, Caroline Morrissey did an interview with Dr Hellyer on the subject of the recent Swiss referendum on the construction of minarets, called Of Minarets, Switzerland, and Islam
. There is also a visual documentation
of his visit.
Swissinfo.ch, the main Swiss broadcaster's news portal, published an article titled "Muslims are now 'us' not 'them'"
. 10 March 2010, Swiss Forum for the Study of Migration and Population, University of Neuchâtel, Lunch debate