Speakers Announced - Muslim Perspectives on Peacebuilding
Center for Global Peacebuilding Holds Groundbreaking Muslim Conference
Oct. 12-13, 2012
The Center’s first international conference, Muslim Perspectives on Peacebuilding, brings together extraordinary Muslim scholars and practitioners and scholars from diverse faith traditions and ethical approaches. Participants from all over the world will gather to present and exchange peacebuilding proposals. Sessions will provide interactive training on topics including reducing domestic violence, engaging across generations, handling interfaith conflicts when building masjids, using the arts in dialogue, developing peace studies programs, and the spiritual dimensions of peacebuilding.
Keynotes include the President of the Islamic Society of North America, Imam Mohamed Magid, whom Huffington Post calls a “forerunner” for his cutting edge interreligious work, and Rabbi David Saperstein, whom Newsweek named, “the most influential Rabbi in America.”
"Muslim Perspectives on Peacebuilding will be a groundbreaking meeting of minds and practices; collaboration at its best," says Imam Magid. "It is a necessary dialogue not only for our particular community, but also for all those who wish to understand the nature of conflict and build lasting peace. I am looking forward to both the conference and what arises in its wake."
Other speakers of note include leading Islamic business ethicist Dr. Rafik Beekun as well as celebrated social and scholars of Muslim family conflict resolution Dr. Aneesah Nadir and Dr. Shamim Ibrahim. Imams who will be presenting include Mujahidden Rushdan and Tariq Aquil. Maryam Eskandari, innovative Muslim architect will be speaking on masjid design and problem solving. Other speakers include Amitabh Pal, managing editor of The Progressive and author of Islam Means Peace: Understanding the Muslim Principle of Nonviolence Today, Joseph Montville, innovative leader in the field of diplomacy and conflict resolution, and Dr. Varun Soni, Dean of USC’s Office of Religious Life. Conflict resolution experts, education leaders, and authors will also be presenting. Claremont Lincoln Provost Philip Clayton, an international leader in the dialogue between science and religion, and author of more than 18 books, will speak during the opening plenary of the conference. The conference will take place October 12-13 in Claremont, CA.
Claremont Lincoln University, the University of Southern California’s Office of Religious Life, the Islamic Society of North America, and the South Coast Interfaith Council have partnered with the Center for Global Peacebuilding at Claremont Lincoln to bring this conference to national and worldwide attention. Participants will share cutting edge scholarship, tackling conflict resolution in the family, community, and interfaith contexts. USC Dean Varun Soni emphasizes the conference’s significance to interreligious dialogue saying, "Working towards peace means we must explore diversity, especially religious diversity, in the fullness of its representation. This conference takes the next step in allowing this to happen in a powerful and meaningful way."
Community leaders, activists, educators, researchers, students, professionals and all those interested in peacebuilding from Muslim perspectives are welcome.
Space is limited so early registration is strongly encouraged.
For questions, please email peacebuilding@ClaremontLincoln.org
The Center for Global Peacebuilding was founded in 2011 by Najeeba Syeed-Miller, a professor of Interreligious Education at Claremont Lincoln University and nationally renowned scholar and activist in Conflict Resolution.
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