More than 100 people including representatives from Christian, Hindu, Muslim and Sikh faiths took part in the event at Baitul Ahad Mosque in Tudor Road, organisers said.
Speaking on the panel, Professor Alison Scott-Baumann of SOAS, University of London, talked about her work trying to help the government understand Islam’s role in Britain.
She said her research has not found any evidence to back claims of Islam as a religion of violence.
Other panel guests included Sunil Agnihotri, Vice President of the National Council of Hindu Priests UK (NCHP-UK), and the Rev Chigor Chike, Vicar of Emmanuel Parish Church in Forest Gate.
Abdul Wadood Khan, regional president of Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association, which organised the discussion, said the event “advocates peace, tolerance, love and understanding among followers of different faiths”.