Learning Lunch - "War and Peace in Islam"

Where Northlawn, 006, West Dining Room

Duration 1 hour

Dr. Farid Mirbagheri will discuss his book, War and Peace in Islam: A Critique of Islamic/ist Politic Discourses (Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies). Dr. Mirbagheri, holder of the Dialogue Chair in Middle Eastern Studies of the University of Nicosia in Cyprus, has a Ph.D. in International Relations from Keele University in the UK. Originally from Iran, he was recommended to us by Ali Akbar Rezaee, Iranian ambassador to Cyprus, and the first Iranian to attend the Summer Peacebuilding Institute.

Dr. Mirbagheri’s book addresses the question of why conflict in Islam has recently been interpreted by Western diplomats through the violent actions of fundamentalist groups and amongst many academics through a jurisprudential outlook. Dr. Mirbagheri views war and peace in Islam in a critical theoretical framework, in relation to systemic approaches to international relations. He relies heavily on the teachings of Islamic mysticism and suggests that empowering the individual to inner self control, as in Sufism, is a prelude to establishing enduring global peace. Without internal tranquility, external harmony will be next to impossible.

The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Interfaith Engagement and the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding.

Intended Audience General Public

Tags Center-for-Interfaith-Engagement, CJP

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Name Center for Interfaith Engagement