In view of the growing violent extremism and the stigmatizations of millions of innocent Muslims, the need to understand and learn from the legacies and teachings of nonviolent Muslim leaders is urgent today, more than ever before.
Thus, this conference invites students of religion and Islam around the world to engage in substantive ways the genesis, diffusion, and teachings of Islamic nonviolence traditions of Sufi leaders and their interpretation and operationalization of the concept of Jihad that unequivocally rejects extremism and intolerance in all their forms. The conference seeks to create a dynamic space for continuing scholarly exchanges and interactive debates, along with creative processes that foster multiculturalism. Therefore the conference is open to the general public, the media, and community-based organizations.
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Sponsored by the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life at Columbia University (IRCPL); the Institute of African Studies at Columbia University (IAS); and Majalis (Scientific Initiative for African Muslim Heritage).- See more at: http://sipa-melik.ias-drupal7-dev.cc.columbia.edu/experience-sipa/events/islam-world-peace-perspectives-from-african-muslim-nonviolence-traditions#sthash.OQE8Rdvi.dpuf