Islam and Social Justice: From Philosophy to Practice

Add to Calendar 10/22/2016 09:00:0010/22/2016 12:00:0015Islam and Social Justice: From Philosophy to PracticeThe speakers will talk about authority and democracy, and gender equality in Islam, and will answer related questions raised by the audience. The symposium seeks to achieve the following goals: It will introduce narratives of social justice in Islam according to contemporary Muslim intellectuals. Groundbreaking scholarship on social justice in Islam will be introduced by their authors. The symposium will generate a better and deeper understanding of the progressive aspects of Islam and how Muslim intellectuals are trying to solve challenging issues. Considering the existence of Muslims at UD, among both students and employees, the symposium can create deeper awareness and mutual understanding. The speakers: Dr. Abdolkarim Soroush is one of the most transformative intellectuals in the religious and political life of post-revolutionary Iran. His views on religion have direct relevance to the mutual empowerment of religion and politics and there is a considerable number of scholarship on his ideas in the Western academia. For Western scholarship on Dr. Soroush, see Sayeh Meisami, “Abdolkarim Soroush,” Oxford Bibliographies Online, 2013 doi 10.1093/OBO/9780195390155-0034 Dr. Forough Jahanbakhsh is Associate Professor of Religious/Islamic Studies at the School of Religion, Queen’s University in Canada. She is the author of Islam, Democracy and Religious Modernism in Iran (1953-2000), and numerous articles on the relationship between Islam, modernity and democracy.  Dr. Arash Naraghi, is a philosopher and activist in the field of gender studies in Islam. Through his writings, talks, and media contributions, he was one of the major influences on the intellectual developments of the Green Movement in Iran.  He is currently the Chair of Philosophy Department at Moravian College in Pennsylvania. Dr. Juliane Hammer is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the author of American Muslim Women, Religious Authority, and Activism.Sears Recital Hall, Jesse Philips Humanities CenterSayeh Meisami, Ph.D.smeisami1@udayton.eduNo10/22/2016

Saturday, October 22

Time: 9 a.m. — 12 p.m.

Location: Sears Recital Hall, Jesse Philips Humanities Center

Tags:  Social Justice, Philosophy, Speakers

The speakers will talk about authority and democracy, and gender equality in Islam, and will answer related questions raised by the audience. The symposium seeks to achieve the following goals:

  • It will introduce narratives of social justice in Islam according to contemporary Muslim intellectuals.
  • Groundbreaking scholarship on social justice in Islam will be introduced by their authors.
  • The symposium will generate a better and deeper understanding of the progressive aspects of Islam and how Muslim intellectuals are trying to solve challenging issues.
  • Considering the existence of Muslims at UD, among both students and employees, the symposium can create deeper awareness and mutual understanding.
The speakers:

Dr. Abdolkarim Soroush is one of the most transformative intellectuals in the religious and political life of post-revolutionary Iran. His views on religion have direct relevance to the mutual empowerment of religion and politics and there is a considerable number of scholarship on his ideas in the Western academia. For Western scholarship on Dr. Soroush, see Sayeh Meisami, “Abdolkarim Soroush,” Oxford Bibliographies Online, 2013 doi 10.1093/OBO/9780195390155-0034

Dr. Forough Jahanbakhsh is Associate Professor of Religious/Islamic Studies at the School of Religion, Queen’s University in Canada. She is the author of Islam, Democracy and Religious Modernism in Iran (1953-2000), and numerous articles on the relationship between Islam, modernity and democracy. 

Dr. Arash Naraghi, is a philosopher and activist in the field of gender studies in Islam. Through his writings, talks, and media contributions, he was one of the major influences on the intellectual developments of the Green Movement in Iran.  He is currently the Chair of Philosophy Department at Moravian College in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Juliane Hammer is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the author of American Muslim Women, Religious Authority, and Activism.

Contact Information:

Name:  Sayeh Meisami, Ph.D.
Phone:  937-229-2809
Email:  smeisami1@udayton.edu