Despite the West’s growing involvement over the centuries in Muslim societies, conflicts and cultures, its inability to understand or analyze the Islamic world threatens any prospect for East–West rapprochement. By exploring Western habits of thinking and writing about Islam, we can see the the ways in which the underlying ‘idea’ of Islam affects both public and scholarly approaches to the subject.
Of particular interest are the ways in which this historic idea is reflected in contemporary Western views on such pressing issues as Islam and modernity, Islam and violence and Islam and women. The net result is an inability on the part of Western societies to respond effectively to some of the most significant twenty-first-century challenges: the rise of Islamic power, the emergence of religious violence and the growing tension between established social values and multicultural rights in immigrant populations.
Date: 2:30 – 4:00 pm, Thursday, 27 September. Venue: University of Western Sydney.
Lajna Imaillah Victoria (Women’s Axiliary of Ahmadiyya Muslim Association) is organising a women’s only event to promote Integration and dialogue, which brings together religious communities, parliamentarians and civics to share their thoughts on the promotion and establishment of peace in the modern world.
A small exhibition on the Holy Quran will be exhibited, including paintings and calligraphies of Quranic verse on Saturday, 01 September 2012, 11:00am – 02:00pm at Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, 6 Leisureland Drive, Langwarrin. Assalam-o-Alaikum (Peace be with you): Islam advocates peace, understanding and harmony between all religions.
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