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How Sufi Establishments and Concepts of Peace helped the Balkans Transition from Byzantine to Ottoman Rule




2nd ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON MUSLIM PEACEBUILDING, JUSTICE, AND INTERFAITH DIALOGUE (MPJID); MAY 2007
The program of MPJID 2007 Conference
Panel I: Peace Education
Chaired by Mohammed Abu-Nimer Ph.D., Executive Director & Founder of Salam Institute, Professor at the School of International Service, American University
1. Amr Abdulla, Ph.D., Professor and Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, United Nations
University for Peace, Costa Rica
Islamic Peace Curriculum in Higher Education
2. Qamar Al Huda, Religion and Peacemaking, Senior Program Officer United States Institute of Peace
The Challenges of Implementing a Peace Education Curriculum in Religious Schools
3. Azhar Hussein, Vice President for Preventive Diplomacy at the International Center for Religion & Diplomacy
Religious Engagement of Pakistani Madrasas as a Path to Peace
4. Sheikh Mohammad Taqi Baqir, Ph.D., General Secretary of the Freemuslim
Association for Nonviolence
Conflict Resolution in Islam, Theory & Practice Based on the AhlulBayt School of Thought

Panel II: Interfaith Dialogue
Chaired by Dr. Louay Safi, Executive Director of the Islamic Society of North America’s Leadership Development Center
1. Abdullah AlGoraish, Director of the Imam Ali Center, Virginia
Pluralism and Interfaith in Islam: Intellectual and Political Modeles According to the AhlulBayt School of Thought
2. Rod Cardoza, Cultural Anthropologist
New Paths in Interfaith Dialogue: Understanding Islam in Light of Earliest Jewish
Christianity
3. Faysal Souissi, Communication and Media Advisor, Embassy of Tunisia
Islam in Modern Tunisia
4. Liora Danan, Researcher, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Nigeria: A Case Study of U.S. Government Engagement with Religion
5. Dr. Hakki Ocal, Rumi Forum
The Contribution of Education to Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue: Gulen Movement Case

Panel III: Women & Human Rights in the Context of Islam and Peace
Chaired by Ayse Kadayifci, Ph.D., Co-Executive Director Salam Institute, Professor at the School of International Service, American University
1. Fatima Hadji, Ph.D. Candidate, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution,
George Mason University
Perspectives: Muslim Women and Peacebuilding
2. Julie Macfarlane, Ph.D., Professor of Law, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Community, Identity, and Dispute Resolution Choices: An Empirical Study of Family
Dispute Resolution Processes in North American Mosques
3. Anita Shah Lakyary, Hubert Humphrey Fellow University of Maryland, College Park
Misunderstandings about Women in Islam
4. Marissa Nazaneen Soroudi, Artist
Unspoken [Photography exhibit]

Panel IV: Workshops on the Art of Dialogue and Interfaith Youth Outreach
1. Jenan Mohajir, Outreach Education & Training Program Associate, Interfaith
Youth Core
Islamic Approaches to Interfaith Youth Service Work
2. Mavash Hassan, Program Consultant, Public Conversations Project
Moving beyond Stereotypes within and across Communities: a mini-workshop using the Public Conversations Project’s Exercise on Stereotyping

Panel V: Islam and Peace Theoretical/Theological Reflections
Chaired by Patricia Anton, Director, Asia Relief
1. Manal Radwan, Ph.D. Candidate, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University
Transformation of Violent Jihadist Narratives
2. Hisham Soliman, Peace Studies Program, University of Notre Dame
Islam, Human Rights and the Duty to work for Peace
3. Imam Hassan A. Amin, Chaplain, Johns Hopkins Hospital
Islamic Conflict Resolutions: The Best for Mankind
4. Alma Abdul Hadi Jadallah, Ph.D., President and Managing Director, Kommon
Denominator, Inc. & Part-time Faculty at I.C.A.R, George Mason University
Reflections on Practice in the Context of an Islamic Worldview

Panel VI: Current Dynamics and Challenges in Muslims Communities
Chaired by Imam Johari
1. Salma Elkadi Abugideiri, Co-Director, Peaceful Families Project
Peace in the Ummah begins with Peace in the Home: Putting a Stop to Family Abuse
2. 'Abd al-Hayy Michael Weinman, Department of Communication & Journalism,
University of New Mexico
The Immigrants and the Converts of American Islam: A Rift and a Promise for Unity
4. Riffat Hassan Ph.D., Professor of Humanities, University of Louisville, Kentucky; Director of the Global International Institute for Research, Education and Dialogue, Lahore, Pakistan; CEO, The Iqbal International Institute for Research Education and Dialogue, Lahore, Pakistan
Islam, Human Rights and Peacebuilding
5. Abdul Bangura, Ph.D., Professor at the School of International Service, American University, Center for Global Peace Fellow
Compatibility between Islamic and Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a Means for Peacebuilding

Panel VII: Cases of Peace Making
Chaired by Alma Abdul Hadi Jadallah, Ph.D., President and Managing Director,
Kommon Denominator, Inc. & Part-time Faculty at I.C.A.R, George Mason University
1. Mohamed Haji Mukhtar, Ph.D., Professor of African & Middle Eastern History,
Savannah State University
Somali Reconciliation Conferences: The Unbeaten Track
2. Sheherazade Jafari, Assistant Program Director, Religion and Conflict Resolution
Program, Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding
Tanenbaum's Peacemakers in Action: Profiles of Religion in Conflict Resolution
3. Sheikh Abduljalil Nawee, Scholar and Researcher, Imam Ali Center, Virginia
Peace and Nonviolence in Islam According to the AhlulBayt School of Thought
4. Julianne Hazen, MA candidate, International Peace and Conflict Resolution,
American University, MS Teaching and Curriculum, University of Rochester
How Sufi Establishments and Concepts of Peace helped the Balkans Transition from
Byzantine to Ottoman Rule
5. J. Kristen Urban, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Political Science Department, Mount St. Mary's University, Maryland
The Pursuit of Justice through Nonviolence in Bahrain

The conference also included a Leadership Training Component with Dr. Ayse Kadayifci & Dr. Amr Abdulla and a Feature Presentation: Promoting Dialogue across Faiths & Cultures by Alexander Kronemer, Executive Producer, Unity Productions Foundation, &
Lobna Ismail, President, Connecting Cultures.  A preview of the PBS Documentary “Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain was also aired. 
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