Progressive Arab Voices on Islamic Reform
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
At the National Press Club
529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20045
How do we explain the appeal of groups like ISIS to Muslim believers? Where are the borderlines between their Islam and that of other Muslims? Who can give us answers to this?
Almuslih Project and the Westminster Institute brought together leading Arab Muslim thinkers who gave cutting-edge analysis on what is powering Islamic radicalism. Their courageous diagnosis for reform went far beyond what we are accustomed to hearing.
Speakers included Hassan Mneimneh (Lebanon/USA), Nabil al-Haidari (Iraq), Iqbal al-Gharbi (Tunisia), Babikir Faisal (Sudan) and Soheib Bencheikh (Saudi Arabia/ France).
The event coincided with the launch of a new publication: Reforming Islam: Progressive Voices from the Arab Muslim World featuring penetrating essays from the authors of the Almuslih website www.almuslih.org.
This was an all-day event, lunch was served at the conference.
The event was free but required registration. For more on reform in the Arab world, see Mansour Al Hadj’s Westminster talk, “What are the Prospects for Real Reform in Saudi Arabia?“