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CONF.- First Annual Conference, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Nov. 3-4

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CONF.- 1st Annual Conf, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Prog, Nov 3-4

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"Interpreting the Islamic Tradition in the Contemporary World"

Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts
November 3-4, 2007

Saturday, November 3

9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Thompson Room, Barker Center

John Bowen, Washington University in Saint Louis:
"Ibn Ashur in Aceh and Paris: Adapting Sharî`a by way of its Objectives"

Muhammad Qasim Zaman, Princeton University:
"Religious Authority and the Language of Ijtihad in Contemporary Sunni Islam"

Asef Bayat, Leiden University:
"Fun and Fundamentalism"

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Barker Center

Middle Eastern lunch reception for members of the Harvard community

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Thompson Room, Barker Center

Said Arjomand, State University of New York-Stony Brook:
"Islamic Constitutionalism: Paradoxes and
Pitfalls in the Appropriation of the Islamicate Political Tradition"

Farid Esack, Harvard University:
"Redeeming Islam – Constructing the Good Muslim
Subject in Contemporary Religious Studies"

Omid Safi, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill:
"Reforming Islam in the 'Axis of Evil':
Contesting Islam in Post-Revolutionary Iran"

Sunday, November 4

9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Thompson Room, Barker Center

Mahmood Mamdani, Columbia University:
"Distinguishing Bigotry from Blasphemy in
Contemporary Freedom of Speech Debates"

David Cook, Rice University:
"Faith and Fornication: Behind the Murji'a Debate in Contemporary Islam"

Sherman Jackson, University of Michigan:
"Ibn Taymîya and Black Theodicy"

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Barker Center
Concluding remarks, closing reception

Performance by Boston Village Gamelan Group

For more information, contact:

Michael David Graskemper
Program Administrator
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program
Harvard University
One Bow Street, 324 & 325
Cambridge, MA 02138
617.495.3347 & 617.495.3379

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