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Mohammed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace

Minority Rights and Pluralism in Islam

Date: February 26, 2009

Venue: Hughes Formal Lounge

Panelists: Dr. Suheil Bushrui (University of Maryland), Jena Luedtke (Rumi Forum) , Dr. Sulayman Nyang (Howard University), and Dr. Mehmet Paçaci (Turkish Embassy)

Moderator: Dr. Padideh Al’ai (American University-Washington College of Law)

The first installment of the Islamic Lecture series focused on understanding the issue of minority rights from an Islamic perspective. Panelists discussed the norms, principles and guidelines outlined within the Quran, Hadith and Islamic history as a foundation for their discussion on religious, cultural and racial minority rights. Panelists specifically discussed how Islam provides guidelines for pluralistic societies, aims to protect the rights of minorities within the Muslim communities, and also identifies rights and responsibilities of Muslim minorities in non-Muslim communities.