Football and Religion: Tales of Hope, Passion and Play (Closing Event)

Join us on Wednesday 30 November for the closing event of Football and Religion: Tales of Hope, Passion and Play exhibition. The event will include a panel discussion about football and religion with a particular emphasis on women’s football. The event will take place at the Aga Khan Centre, London, as well as online and will be followed by a viewing of the exhibition.

Presented by the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) and the Aga Khan Centre Gallery, this exhibition explores the relationship between football and religion and how the two are often connected, with players praying on the pitch and fans observing religious rituals in tandem. The wider narrative across the exhibition examines football’s ability to champion social causes, promote marginalised voices, and create opportunities for inclusion and diversity in ways no other sport can.

The exhibition provides a narrative on the subject through a snapshot of social history and contemporary commentary with a selection of books, magazines and newspaper articles, relevant objects, and artefacts. This narrative provides the contextual backdrop for a series of new artworks created by visual artist, illustrator, and animator Ed Merlin Murray.

The exhibition, Football and Religion, includes something for everyone — from eye-catching immersive illustrated animations to interactive art and a host of inspirational media that allow visitors to delve into the subject as much as they wish.


• Kevin Coleman: Formerly Kick It Out, The FA and Brentford FC (Chair)
• Dal Darroch: Head of Diversity and Inclusion, The FA
• Karishma and Sumaria Inayat: Gilgit Baltistan Girls FC, Pakistan
• Lipa Nessa: Sports Activist, FIFA Fan Movement Member, Trustee for Muslimah Sports Association and Youth Sport Trust.
• Linvoy Primus: MBE, Christians in Sports and formerly Portsmouth and Southampton FC

Special Guests

• Ed Merlin Murray: Visual artist and animator
• Matt Baker: Director of Sports Chaplaincy UK and Chaplain for Charlton Athletic FC
• Yasmin Abukar: Founder of Sisterhood FC
• Qadria Saeedi: Club Coordinator, Afghanistan and Central Asian Association - Abresham Girls FC
• Dr Zafar Iqbal: Head of Sports Medicine, Crystal Palace FC
• Lat Blaylock: RE Today Editor, National RE Adviser
• Tony Burnett: CEO, Kick It Out
• Anwar Uddin: Campaign Manager for Fans for Diversity, Kick It Out, The FA ,and Assistant Manager at Aldershot Town FC

Date and Time

Panel Discussion: Wednesday 30 November 2022, 18:00 - 19:00 (London)
Exhibition Viewing: Wednesday 30 November 2022, 19:00 - 20:00
Exhibition runs until: 4 December 2022

Venue (and online)

Aga Khan Centre (Atrium Conference Room & Gallery),
10 Handyside Street,
London N1C 4DN


The event is free, but booking is essential:

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