Recognizing the importance of fostering conversations that explore the diverse and multidimensional facets of Islam, the Mohammed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace established the American University Islamic Lecture Series in August 2009. Entitled “Engaged Conversations: Perspectives on Islam and Contemporary Global Issues,” the lecture series explores critical topics related to Islam and Muslims in a globalized world and features a diversity of speakers, both scholars and practitioners, from the DC metro area. Past topics have included:
• Islam and Peace
• Minority Rights and Pluralism in Islam
• Islam and the Environment
• Muslim Women Peacebuilders
• Islamic-American Peacemaking
• Interfaith Dialogue and Action
In collaboration with the Mohammed Said Farsi Chair, the American University Center for Global Peace, the International Peace & Conflict Resolution Program, the American University Muslim Students Association, and the International Legal Studies Program at the Washington College of Law have played key roles in implementing and sustaining the Islamic Lecture Series.
The Jahiliyya Factor? Fighting Muslims' Cultural Resistance to Nonviolence
Electing Religion: Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and the New Realities of Political Islam
No Justice, No Peace: A Peace Education Context for the 21st Century
Islam, Policy, and the Changing Doctrine of Multiculturalism
What Can Islam Contribute to the Transitions in the Middle East and North African?
Dialogue on Identity_ Arab, Muslim, and Western Perspectives from Literature and Experience