Secularism and Faith-inspired Development: Understanding Contestation and Collaboration

Speakers' Forum on Religion and Development in Bangladesh

Launched in Dhaka, the "Speakers Forum on Religion and Development in Bangladesh" is the first in a series of six events. This inaugural session explored approaches to secularism from global, regional, and local perspectives. It featured Georgetown University’s Jose Casanova, the Centre for Developing Society’s Rajeev Bhargava, and BRAC University’s Samia Huq. The forum is a joint initiative between the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, BRAC University’s Department of Economics and Social Sciences, and the World Faiths Development Dialogue.
The Speakers Forum is part of a multi-year exploration of the development work of faith-inspired actors in Bangladesh. These forums have been designed to provide a non-politicized space for constructive dialogue at the intersection of religion and critical development topics, bringing together local and international scholars, development practitioners, and faith actors. The forums offer a unique opportunity to reflect on global experiences and local realities regarding religion’s complex role in promoting development. The first forum was designed to generate new insights around the inter-connected issues of secularism, religious pluralism, and development in a democratic Bangladesh.

This event was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, BRAC University Department of Economics and Social Sciences, and the World Faiths Development Dialogue.

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