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Sources of Pluralism in Islamic Thought

Conference Announcement

Theme: Sources of Pluralism in Islamic Thought
Type: International Symposium
Institution: Reset Dialogues on Civilizations (Reset DOC)
  King Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud Foundation for Islamic Studies and Human Sciences
  Granada Institute for Higher Education and Research
Location: Casablanca (Morocco)
Date: 9.–11.7.2018

Reset Dialogues in partnership with the King Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud
Foundation for Islamic Studies and Human Sciences and the Granada
Institute for Higher Education and Research, are pleased to present
this international symposium that was made possible also thanks to
the support of Henry Luce Foundation’s Initiative on Religion in
International Affairs, Nomis Foundation and the Italian Ministry of
Foreign Affairs.

As a global religion, Islam and its jurisprudence have offered
heterogeneous responses to a range of questions facing different
faiths and communities. Modernity imposed new questions upon
religious scholars, theologians and philosophers, demanding of them a
new version of pluralism in the theological and political arenas.
While doctrinal or philosophical exclusivism rejects “the other” in
theory — and frequently in practice, too — inclusivism connotes the
accommodation and toleration of difference. But if that means the
reluctant acceptance of difference within a hierarchy of worldviews,
inclusion may not be enough to create more egalitarianism within
modern multicultural societies. Modern pluralism might come to mean,
instead, a robust appreciation of human diversity and values.

Conference Program

Monday, July 9

2.30-3.00 PM:
Registration and Welcome coffee

3.00-3.30 PM:
Welcome Session

Ahmed Toufiq, Director, King Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud Foundation for
Islamic Studies and Human Sciences, Casablanca

Giancarlo Bosetti, Director, Reset DOC

Mohammed Bensalah, Director, Granada Institute

3.30-3.45 PM:
Conference Introduction: On Pluralism and the Islamic Traditions
Mohammed Hashas, LUISS University, Rome

3.45-5.15 PM:
Session 1 – Pluralism in the Quran and the Prophetic Tradition

Panel 1

Asma Afsaruddin (Indiana University), Valorizing Religious Dialogue
and Pluralism within the Islamic Tradition

Mohsen Kadivar (Duke University), Genealogies of Pluralism in Islamic
Thought: Shia Perspective

Shabbir Akhtar (Oxford University), Reading the Rival’s Scripture in
the Open Society: Western Christians and the Quran

5.15-5.30 PM:
Coffee Break

5.30-6.30 PM:
Roundtable 1 – Modernization of Civil Rights and Family Law in
Islamic Contexts

Nouzha Guessous (Hassan II University, Casablanca), Fadma Ait Mous
(Hassan II University, Casablanca), Giancarlo Bosetti (Reset DOC),
Mohammed Hashas (LUISS, Rome), Abdou Filali-Ansary (Aga Khan
University, London)nit for Analysis and Planning, Italian
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Tuesday, July 10

10.00-11.30 AM :
Session 2 – Pluralism and Universalism in Classical Islamic

Panel 2

Mariam Al-Attar (Sharjah University), Theories of Ethics in Islamic
Thought and the Question Of Moral Pluralism

Oliver Leaman (University of Kentucky), Pluralism and Islamic Law:
Why the Past is Better than the Present

Massimo Campanini (University of Trento), Universalism and
Cosmopolitanism in Islam: The Idea of the Caliphate

11.30-11.45 AM:
Coffee Break

11.45 AM- 1.15 PM

Panel 3

Mohammed Mahjoub (University of Tunis), On the Possible Hermeneutical
Interpretation of Pluralism in Islamic Thought: From Truth to Meaning

Abdallah Seyid Ould Bah (University of Nouakchott), Religious
Plurality and Kalam Perspective on Diversity of the Creed:
al-Ash‘ari, al-Shahrastani and al-Razi

Fouad Ben Ahmed (EDHH, Rabat), Philosophy in the Hanbali Contexts:
Ibn Taymiyya as a Reader of Ibn Rushd

1.15-2.15 PM:
Lunch Break

2:15-3:45 PM :
Session 3 – Insights from Multicultural Societies, Sufism and Politics

Panel 4

Amin Abdullah (State Islamic University, Indonesia), Islamic
Political Theology for a Global Age: Indonesian Religious Experience
in Reforming Islamic Political Thought

Imtiyaz Yusuf (Mahidol University, Bangkok), Islamic Theology of
Religious Pluralism:  Building Islam-Buddhism Understanding

Moin Nizami (Oxford University), The Limits of Pluralism in South
Asian Sufism

3.45-4.00 PM:
Coffee Break

4.00-5.00 PM:
Roundtable 2 – Modern theologians and reforms | Book launch discussion

Abdallah Seyid Ould Bah (University of Nouakchott), Massimo Campanini
(University of Trento), Mohamed Haddad (University of Carthage, Tunis)

Book: Mohamed Haddad, Le réformisme musulman: Une histoire critique
(Mimesis, 2013)

Wednesday, July 11

10.00 – 11.30 AM:
Session 4 – Political philosophy, politics, Sufism and education

Panel 5

Abdelwahab El-Affendi (Doha Institute), Tahkeem as an Islamic
Democratic Precedent: Towards a New Look at One of Islam’s Formative

Anthony Booth (University of Sussex), Rawlsian Liberalism and
Political Islam: Friends or Foes?

Emmanuel Karagiannis (King’s College), The Environmental Policy of
the Muslim Brotherhood

11.30 – 11.45 AM:
Coffee Break

11.45 AM – 1.15 PM

Panel 6

Ednan Aslan (University of Vienna), Educating Muslim Children Towards

Clinton Bennett (SUNY, New York), On Sufism and Politics

Meriem El Haitami (International University of Rabat IUR, Rabat),
Morocco’s Religious Policy: A Post-Sufi Turn?

1.15-2.15 PM:
Lunch Break

2.15-3.30 PM:
Roundtable 3: Religious authority and education in plural societies |
Book launch discussion

Ednan Aslan (University of Vienna), Mohammed Khalid Rhazzali
(University of Padova), Jonathan Laurence (Boston College), Amin
Abdullah (Islamic State University, Indonesia), Mohammed Hashas
(LUISS, Rome)

Book: Mohammed Hashas, Jan Jaap de Ruiter, Niels Valdemar Vinding,
eds., Imams in Western Europe: Developments, Transformations, and
Institutional Challenges (Amsterdam UP, 2018)


King Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud Foundation for Islamic Studies and Human Sciences
Rue du Corail, Ain Diab, Casablanca, Morocco

Tel: +212 (0)5 22 39 10 27/30
Fax: +212 (0)5 22 39 10 31

Attendance is free and open to the public.
Working languages: English and Arabic.
A simultaneous translation from English to Arabic and vice-versa will
be provided.

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