“The Rights of Minorities in Islam” with remarks by Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah

“Symposium on Religious Freedom and the Rights of Minorities in Islam”

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introductory remarks

Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah

Professor
King Abdul Aziz University, Saudi Arabia

Panel 1:
“Pluralism and Religious Minorities in Islam: The Historical Legacy”

Imam Mohamed Magid

President

Islamic Society of North America
Jamal Badawi
Professor Emeritus of the Sobey School of Business
Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Jonathan Brown

Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies
Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding



Panel 2:
“Contemporary Islamic Perspectives on the Status of Religious Minorities, Particularly Post-Arab Spring”


John O. Voll
Professor of Islamic History and Associate Director
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding


Tamara Sonn
William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Humanities
The College of William & Mary


Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool
South African Ambassador to the United States

Qamar-ul Huda
Senior Program Officer
Religion and Peacemaking Center, US Institute for Peace


Monday, May 14th, 9:00am-12:30pm

Fisher Colloquium Auditorium
Rafik B. Hariri Building (4th Floor)

Georgetown University


The Islamic Society of North America and Georgetown University’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding are pleased to present a Symposium on Religious Freedom and the Rights of Minorities in Islam.  American scholars and academics of Islam will discuss the historical legacy of religious minorities in Muslim-majority societies, and how concepts of pluralism and minority rights can be examined in a contemporary context, particularly following the dramatic developments of the Arab Spring.  The Islamic Society of North America and Muslim leaders worldwide are currently working to promote a mechanism for developing Islamic standards and protocols on religious freedom and the role of religious minorities in the Muslim world.  This symposium will provide an opportunity for academics, government officials, diplomats, and other experts based in Washington, DC to engage in these discussions.


9:00am

Arrival-coffee/tea


[9:15am]

Opening Comments

Imam Mohamed Magid

John O. Voll

Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah

9:30-10:45am

Panel 1:  ”Pluralism and Religious Minorities in Islam: The Historical Legacy”

Imam Mohamed Magid (moderator)

Jonathan Brown

Jamal Badawi


11:00am-12:15pm

Panel 2: “Contemporary Islamic Perspectives on the Status of Religious Minorities, Particularly Post-Arab Spring”

John O. Voll (moderator)

Tamara Sonn

Ambassador Rasool

Qamar-ul Huda



 

12:15pm-12:30pm

Closing Comments

 

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