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Wednesday, March 6 • 08:30 - 10:30
#6/346 - Islam and pluralism

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When entering the never ending debate on Islam, tolerance and pluralism, one is faced with a conundrum. On one hand, scholars of Islam repeatedly point at the flexibility and resources of the Islamic tradition when it comes to recognition of intra and inter-religious diversity . In the other hand, modern implementations of Islamic prescriptions are mostly confined or geared to state administrations and policies and are marked by rejection of alternative voices or positions to the point that some scholars have concluded to the incompatibility of Islam and modern governance. This panel would like to overcome this conundrum by asking how and why this gap has emerged between Islamic studies and contemporary empirical expressions of Islamic principles and highlight conditions to overcome the dilemma of either apologetic or denial of the relations between Islam and pluralism.The panelists will examine the modes of transmission of the Islamic tradition today both in majority and minority context and analyze the different meanings of plurality throughout pre and modern history. They will also discuss the existing attempts to overcome fossilized modes of thinking on tolerance and the other.

• Jocelyne Cesari (EuARe / University of Birmingham / Georgetown University)

• Mariam al Attar (American University of Sharjah) - "Common Morality" and "The Purposes of Law", an attempt to reconstruct a foundation for religious and moral pluralism
• Jocelyne Cesari (EuARe / University of Birmingham / Georgetown University) - Living Tradition or Traditionalism? 
• Alba Fedeli (Universität Hamburg / Fscire) - The alternative view: the plurality of readings in early Quranic manuscripts 
• Mohammed Hashas (LUISS, Roma) - Religious Pluralism in Contemporary Islamic Thought: Views from the Edge 
• Moin Nizami (University of Oxford) - Pluralism, Cultural Assimilation and Competition in South Asian Islam
• Tim Winter (University of Cambridge) - TBC


Mariam al Attar

American University of Sharjah

Jocelyne Cesari

EuARe / University of Birmingham / Georgetown University

Alba Fedeli

Hamburg Universität / Fscire)
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Mohammed Hashas

Senior Research Fellow, FSCIRE

Moin Nizami

University of Oxford

Tim Winter

University of Cambridge

Wednesday March 6, 2019 08:30 - 10:30 GMT
Teatro San Leonardo Via S. Vitale, 63, 40125 Bologna BO
  Panel, Islam
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