Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding in Rwanda
In May 2009, graduate student Jason Klocek conducted nine interviews with religious and political actors in Rwanda as part of an ongoing research initiative at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. The project seeks to achieve a deeper understanding of the peacebuilding...
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Peacebuilding Practitioners Interview Series
We know very little about the role of religion in conflict situations and peacebuilding efforts. Religion intersects with other economic, social, political and other factors in complex ways. And faith communities are often arrayed on different sides of the same issue. In order to learn more about...
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AT THE CENTER
ALL INTERVIEWEES> Saleh Habimana
Sheikh Saleh Habimana is a member of Rwanda's parliament, elected in 2013, and previously served as head of political parties, nongovernmental organizations, and faith-based organizations for the Rwanda Governance Board. He served as the head mufti of Rwanda from 2001 to 2011, where he focused on the development of the Islamic Community of Rwanda, particularly the education of Muslim youth, and the larger need for social reconciliation among all the people of Rwanda. As head mufti, Habimana served along with Anglican Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini as head of the Interfaith Commission for Rwanda, established in 2003. In 2008 two United Religions Initiative-affiliated groups presented Habimana with the Golden Rule Peace Medal Award for his work in promoting interfaith reconciliation in Rwanda.
A Discussion with Sheikh Saleh Habimana, Head Mufti of the Islamic Community of Rwanda
May 25, 2009
Background: As part of the Peacebuilding Practitioners Interview Series, Jason Klocek interviewed Sheikh Saleh Habimana, who has served as the head Mufti of Rwanda since 2001. In this interview, Sheikh Habimana shares information about the Islamic community's involvement in working toward...