October 15, 2007
Symposium on the State of West-Islamic Dialogue
Georgetown University hosted an all-day Symposium on the State of West-Islamic Dialogue on October 16, 2007. The symposium brought together international thought leaders and public figures to address West-Islamic dialogue in its religious, political, and social dimensions. The symposium was convened in the context of the World Economic Forum's planned First Annual Report on the State of West-Islamic Dialogue. The report, a collaborative effort with Georgetown University, was presented at the Forum's annual meeting in Davos in January 2008. The symposium was sponsored jointly by Georgetown's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs and Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding.
West-Islamic Dialogue: Religion and Values
Professor John Esposito
Director, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University
Professor Lamin Sanneh
D. Willis James Professor of Missions & World Christianity, Yale University
Dr. Mustafa Ceric
Reisu-l-uleme, Grand Mufti, Islamic Community in Bosnia and Hercegovina
Dean Jane McAuliffe
Dean of Georgetown College, Georgetown University
Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr
University Professor of Islamic Studies, George Washington University
West-Islamic Dialogue: Education and Development
Professor Katherine Marshall
Visiting Professor, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University
Professor Osman Bakar
International Islamic University Malaysia
Professor Ingrid Mattson
Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations, Hartford Seminary
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin
Archbishop of Dublin
West-Islamic Dialogue: Citizenship and Integration
Professor Thomas Banchoff
Director, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University
Professor Abdou Ansari Filali
Director, The Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilizations
Professor Marc Gopin
Director, Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution
George Mason University
Professor Anwar Ibrahim
Former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia
Professor Sherman Jackson
Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Michigan
John L. Esposito is a University Professor, Professor of Religion and International Affairs, Professor of Islamic Studies, and the Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. He served as President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies; he is currently a member of the High Level Group of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, a body of twenty international leaders drawn from politics, academia, civil society, international finance, and media that guides the Alliance's work. He has written over thirty books, including Islam: The Straight Path (2004), Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam (2002), and The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality? (1999). Esposito received the American Academy of Religion’s 2005 Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion.
Osman Bakar is Deputy CEO of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies–Malaysia and holds fellowships at the Center for Civilisational Dialogue in the University of Malaya and Doshisha University in Japan. A Professor Emeritus of...
Thomas Banchoff is director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, and professor in the Government Department and the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. His research centers on religious and ethical issues in...
Dr. Mustafa Cerić has served as the Grand Mufti of Bosnia-Herzegovina since 1999. Cerić was educated at al-Azhar University in Cairo and received his PhD from the University of Chicago. He served as an imam in his native Bosnia, and later at the...
John L. Esposito is a University Professor, Professor of Religion and International Affairs, Professor of Islamic Studies, and the Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown...
Marc Gopin is the James H. Laue Professor of Religion, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution and directs the Center on Religion, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. He has...
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1993-1998 and served as Malaysia's Minister of Finance from 1991-1998. He is a well-known advocate for democracy and international dialogue. He was internationally recognized for...
Sherman A. Jackson is Arthur F. Thurnau professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, visiting professor of law, and professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has served as Executive Director for the Center of...
Katherine Marshall is a Senior Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, where she leads the Center's program on Religion and Global Development. After a long career in the development field, including several leadership...
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is the Archbishop of Dublin, raised to the rank of Archbishop in 2001 and made Archbishop of Dublin in 2004. Ordained in 1969, he began serving on the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in 1986 and was appointed...
Jane McAuliffe is the president of Bryn Mawr College, a position she has held since 2008. Previously, she had been Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgetown University, where she was appointed Dean in 1999. McAuliffe has also...
Seyyed Hossein Nasr is University Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University (GWU). Before coming to GWU, he taught at the University of Edinburgh and Temple University. Born in Iran, Nasr completed high school in the US and...
Lamin Sanneh is the D. Willis James Professor of Missions and World Christianity and Professor of History at Yale University. Sanneh is a member of the Council of 100 Leaders of the World Economic Forum, has appointments to the Pontifical...