Conference Program

Sunday, October 14, 2018

4:30-5:00 PM       Opening Session     IZU ISEFAM Auditorium

Program Chair: Prof. Dr. Sami A. Al-Arian, CIGA Director, Istanbul, Turkey

Welcoming Remarks:
Prof. Dr. Mehmet Bulut, Rector, IZU, Istanbul, Turkey
Dr. Jonathan Brown, Director, ACMCU, Georgetown University, Wash.  DC, USA
Dr. Louay Safi, College of Islamic Studies, Hamad Bin Khalifah University, Doha, Qatar

5:00-6:50 PM       Plenary Session     IZU ISEFAM Auditorium

Conflict and Struggle: The Legacy of Colonialism, Liberalism, and Modernity 

Chair and Moderator: Dr. Sami Al-Arian, IZU, Istanbul, Turkey

Speakers:

Muslim Societies & the Legacy of Colonialism: What History Tells Us About Today
Dr. Halil Berktay, Ibn Haldun University, Istanbul, Turkey

Liberalism versus Liberation: The Arab world at Present
Dr. Joseph Massad, Columbia University, New York, USA

Muslim Societies and Modernity: The Struggle for Liberation and Pluralism
Dr. Farid Esack, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa

Monday, October 15, 2018

9:30-11:20 AM    Session I: The Challenge of Sectarianism  IZU ISEFAM Auditorium

Chair and Moderator:  Dr. Ömer Çaha, IZU, Istanbul, Turkey

Speakers:

Politics and Religion: Understanding the Sunni-Shiite Divide
Dr. Ahmad Mousalli, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

The Authoritarian Roots of Sectarianism in the Middle East Today
Dr. Nader Hashemi, University of Denver, Denver, CO, USA

Introducing a Theoretical Paradigm for Interdenominational Harmony and Peace
Dr. Mehmet Ali Büyükkara, Istanbul Şehir University, Istanbul, Turkey

11:20-11:50 AM  Break

11:50 AM-1:40 PM  Session II: The Challenge of Secularism IZU ISEFAM Auditorium

Chair and Moderator:  Dr. Nagihan Haliloğlu, Ibn Haldun University, Istanbul, Turkey

Speakers:

The Legacy and Impact of Revolution and Colonialism on French “Laïcité”
Dr. François Burgat, National Centre for Scientific Research (NCSR), France   

The Secularism Debate in the Muslim World: Lessons from Turkey
Dr. Ömer Taşgetiren, IZU, Istanbul, Turkey

Secularism and Reform: How the Muslim Mind Maps Ideas and Trends
Dr. Heba Raouf Ezzat, Ibn Haldun University, Istanbul, Turkey

1:40-3:00 PM       Lunch

3:10-5:00 PM   Session III: Role of Religion in Society IZU ISEFAM Auditorium

Chair and Moderator:  Dr. Ravza Altuntaş Çakır, IZU, Istanbul, Turkey

Speakers:

Islam and Postmodernity: A View from Traditional Epistemology
Dr. Joseph Lumbard, College of Islamic Studies, HBKU, Doha, Qatar

Religious and Doctrinal Challenges facing modern Muslims
Dr. Jonathan Brown, Georgetown University, Wash. DC, USA

Shari’ah and The Nation State: Governance, Law, and Society
Dr. Louay Safi, College of Islamic Studies, HBKU, Doha, Qatar

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

9:30-11:20 AM Session IV: The Challenge of Nationalism IZU ISEFAM Auditorium

Chair and Moderator:  Dr. Abdullah Al-Arian, Georgetown University in Doha, Qatar

Speakers:

The Paradox of Nationalism in South Asia: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Kashmir
Dr. Hafsa Kanjwal, Lafayette College, PA, USA

Rethinking Nationalism and Ethnic Identities in the Middle East
Dr. Sarah Shields, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Islamic Multiculturalism and Muslim Nationalism in Turkey
Dr. Şener Aktürk, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey

11:20-11:50 AM Break

11:50 AM-1:40 PM Session V: The Challenge of Colonialism IZU ISEFAM Auditorium

Chair and Moderator: Dr. Erhan İçener, IZU, Istanbul, Turkey

Speakers:

A Century after Sykes-Picot: A Critical Analysis of the Post-Ottoman Middle East
Mujeeb R. Khan, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA

Israel as a Settler-Colonial State: Implications for the Greater Middle East
Dr. Joseph Massad, Columbia University, New York, USA

Dissecting American Hegemony Across the Muslim World
Dr. Sami A. Al-Arian, IZU, Istanbul, Turkey

1:40-3:00 PM      Lunch

3:10-5:50 PM      Closing Session     IZU ISEFAM Auditorium

The Future of Muslim Societies in a Globalized World: Conversation with Scholars

Moderators:
Dr. Sami A. Al-Arian, IZU, Istanbul, Turkey
Dr. Hussein ElKazzaz, Director, Insan Center for Civilizational Studies, Istanbul

Panel I [3:10-4:25]:
Abdullah Al-Arian (Georgetown University in Doha),
Jonathan Brown (Georgetown University, DC)
François Bugart (NCSR, France)
Mujeeb R. Khan (UC, Berkeley)
Joseph Massad (Columbia), Sarah Shields (UNC)                            

Panel II [4:30-5:45]:
Mehmet Bulut (IZU)
Farid Esack (Uni. of Johannesburg, S. Africa)
Dr. Nagihan Haliloğlu, (Ibn Haldun University)
Joseph Lumbard (HBKU)
Ahmad Mousalli (American University of Beirut)
Louay Safi (HBKU)