Muslim Perspectives on Peacebuilding Conference

 

“Muslim Perspectives on Peacebuilding Conference”

October 12-13, 2012

Claremont, California



Imam Magid states,”Muslim Perspectives on Peacebuilding will be a groundbreaking meeting of minds and practices; collaboration at its best. 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.”

Registration is FREE www.peacebuilding.claremontlincoln.org

Update on conference: http://www.isna.net/articles/News/ISNA-Co-Sponsors-Peacebuilding-Conference.aspx

ISNA in partnership with Claremont Lincoln University, the University of Southern California’s Office of Religious Life, and the Center for Global Peacebuilding at Claremont Lincoln University are co-sponsoring the Center for Global Peacebuilding’s first international conference, Muslim Perspectives on Peacebuilding from October 12-13 in Claremont, California. The conference will bring 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 formats on topics such as 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 ISNA President, 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.”

Imam Magid states, “Muslim Perspectives on Peacebuilding will be a groundbreaking meeting of minds and practices; collaboration at its best. 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 community activists Dr. Zaynab Alwani, Dr. Aneesah Nadir, and Sr. Selma Abugederi, and Amitabh Pal, managing editor of The Progressive and author of Islam Means Peace: Understanding the Muslim Principle of Nonviolence Today, and Joseph Montville, innovative leader in the field of diplomacy and conflict resolution., and Dr. Varun Soni, Dean of USC’s Office of Religious Life. Imams, 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 will speak the opening plenary of the conference.

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.”

Organizers seek registration and participation from community leaders, activists, educators, researchers, students, professionals and all those interested in peacebuilding from Muslim perspectives. Please visit the Center for Global Peacebuilding’s website at http://peacebuilding.claremontlincoln.org/ for registration and more information. Space is limited so early registration is strongly encouraged. 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.