We let you discover all the speakers (by chronological order of the Conference):
His Eminence Archbishop Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot
Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, as titular bishop of Luperciana. Fr. Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot was born in Seville, Spain, on June 17 1952. He took his final vows in the Institute of the Comboni Missionaries on May 2, 1980 and was ordained a priest on September 20 of the same year. He worked as a missionary in Egypt and Sudan until 2002. He earned a licentiate in Arabic and Islamic studies from the Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISAI) in Rome in 1982 and a doctorate in dogmatic theology from the University of Granada, Spain, in the year 2000. Starting in 1989 he was professor of Islamic Studies first in Khartoum, Sudan, and then in Cairo, Egypt, before joining the PISAI, of which he was eventually appointed rector, where he remained until 2012. Fr. Guixot has presided over several meetings on inter-religious dialogue in Africa, specifically in Egypt, Sudan, Kenya Ethiopia and Mozambique. He has also authored various books and has been published in international journals. On June 30, 2012 Pope Benedict 16th appointed him as Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue. Fr. Guixot is fluent in Spanish, Arabic, English, French and Italian.
Dr. Tariq Ramadan
Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the University of Oxford (Oriental Institute, St Antony's College) and also teaches at the Oxford Faculty of Theology. He is Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, (Qatar); Senior Research Fellow at Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan) and Director of the Research Centre of Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) (Doha, Qatar). He holds an MA in Philosophy and French literature and PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Geneva. In Cairo, Egypt he received one-on-one intensive training in classic Islamic scholarship from Al-Azhar University scholars (ijazat – authorization to teach - in seven disciplines). Through his writings and lectures Tariq Ramadan has contributed to the debate on the issues of Muslims in the West and Islamic revival in the Muslim majority countries. He is active at academic and grassroots levels, lecturing extensively throughout the world on theology, ethics, social justice, ecology and interfaith as well intercultural dialogue. He is President of the European think tank: European Muslim Network (EMN) in Brussels. Latest books: “Au péril des idées “ (French) with Edgar Morin, Presses du Châtelet (March 2014); “Islam and the Arab Awakening” OUP (September 2012); “The Arab Awakening: Islam and the New Middle East” Penguin (April 2012); “The Quest for Meaning, Developing a Philosophy of Pluralism” Penguin (2010); “What I believe” OUP USA (2009); “Radical Reform, Islamic Ethics and Liberation” OUP USA (2008).
Sh. Chauki Lazhar
Chauki Lazhar, originally from Belgium, is Deputy Director of CILE. He is a member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) and Lecturer in Applied Islamic Sciences at CIET Institute in Gent, Belgium and at Ibn Taymiyah Institute in France. He read Islamic Studies at the European Institute of Human Science in Chateau Chinon and Paris, France (2003-2010) where he also memorized the entire Qur’an. He holds a BA cum laude (with honours) in Sharia and Theology and a MA summa cum laude (with highest honours) in Fiqh and Usul al-Fiqh, and is currently a doctoral researcher in Jurisprudence and the Higher Objectives of Sharia. Chauki has presented lectures at several institutes in Belgium and France since 2007. In 2012 he was Lecturer in Islamic Sciences at Group T, international University College Leuven, Belgium. Chauki has taught a wide range of courses including Islamic Law, Theology, Quranic Exegeses (Tafsir), Principles of Islamic Law and Jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh), Maqasid al Sharia, Quran and Hadith studies. His research interests in the field of Islamic Studies include Islamic Theology, Spirituality, Law and Thought.
Dr. Fethi Ahmed
He is a New Zealander who grew up in Tunisia and completed his education in sociology and Islamic Studies overseas. He completed his BA in 1992 majoring in Applied Sociology and Statistics, his MA in 1997 majoring in Islamic Studies and his PhD in 2003 specializing in Political Sociology. He also holds certificates in Small Business Management, Treaty of Waitangi, and Malaysian Language and Studies. Dr Ahmed speaks Arabic, English, French and Malay. He worked as an Assistant Professor at the International Islamic University in Malaysia, and as an International Student Advisor, a Consultant and Casual Lecturer at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He also worked as an Academic Director with the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission in New Zealand. As a volunteer, he led Al-Manar Organization, the Center for Education and Development, and was the producer and presenter of Noor English/Arabic Radio program in New Zealand. Dr Ahmed has been engaged in public speaking in New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Tunisia and Qatar. He delivered many specialized lectures and seminars and participated in several international conferences and workshops. His main research interests include contemporary issues in Sociology and Muslim societies, Applied Ethics, and Islamic Thought and Civilization and he has a number of publications to his name. Dr Ahmed believes that knowledge is power and ethics is paramount.
Dr. El Mokhtar Al Ahmer
Dr. Mokhtar Lahmer was born in the Moroccan city of Safi. He is a senior research at CILE. Lahmar completed his BA degree in experimental Sciences (1993). In 1999 he got a degree in Islamic Studies from Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines, Université Chouaib Doukkali with a thesis on political participation. He obtained his MA in Islamic Studies in 2001, majoring in Research Methodology in Islamic Sciences at Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences, University of Mohammed V with a thesis on “Reasoning tendency of Averroes in his book: Bidayat al-Mujtahid Wa Nihayat al-Muqtasid”. In 2011 he completed his PhD thesis on “Contracts of Adhesion in Islamic Fiqh and Civil Law: A Comparative Study”. His research interests include: Legal Policy, Islamic Finance in addition to some published and unpublished contributions. The researcher has a career with some scholarship and scientific organizations and centers for more than ten years. He worked as a researcher at the office of Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi for six years; he was entrusted with the task of providing scientific support to the central administration of The International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS) as well as IUMS financial director for two years (2011-12), and coordination manager for another two years (2013-14). He worked as a writer and a journalist with Al-Arab Qatari Newspaper for two years (2008-09) where he created an Islamic finance page in addition to writing scientific articles in many fields. He obtained a diploma in talk shows & TV news presenting from Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Center (June 2012).
Dr. Emad El-Din Shahin
Dr. Emad El-Din Shahin is the Dean of the College of Islamic Studies (CIS), Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation. Before joining CIS, he was the Hasib Sabbagh Distinguished Visiting Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies and a visiting professor of Political Science at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Shahin holds a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, M.A. and BA from the American University in Cairo. He has taught in leading universities including Harvard, Notre Dame, George Washington, and Boston University. Shahin was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and public policy scholar at The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He has authored, co-authored and co-edited six books and has more than 50 scholarly publications including journal articles, book chapters and encyclopedia entries. He is the editor-in-chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics and co-editor with John L. Esposito of The Oxford Handbook of Islam and Politics.
PANEL 1: Rethinking Jihad and Just War
Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed Zein
Ibrahim Mohamed Zein is currently a Professor of Islamic Studies and Comparative Religion, College of Islamic Studies at Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Qatar. He was the former dean of the Faculty of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences and the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Kuala Lumpur. He obtained a B.A. (Hons) in Philosophy from the University of Khartoum in 1980, Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Khartoum in 1984, Master of Arts in Religion from Temple University in 1986 and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Religion from Temple University in 1989. He wrote numerous articles and book reviews. Through his academic administration of Islamic Studies programs, supervision of postgraduate research and teaching he has made a definite impact on the field. His first book was published in 1983 entitled “ Al- Sultah fi Fikr Al-Muslimin”.
Dr. Colm McKeogh
Dr Colm McKeogh is a lecturer in political science at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. He studied political science at Trinity College Dublin and strategic studies at Aberystwyth University and now teaches philosophers and religions to students of politics in Hamilton. He is a political theorist whose research centres on religious attitudes to political violence. He is interested in how religions contribute to the profound and complex conceptions of human well-being, both individual and social, that underpin our communities, our systems of government and the use of coercion to maintain and change them. Publications include The Political Realism of Reinhold Niebuhr: a pragmatic approach to just war (Macmillan, 1997), Innocent Civilians: the morality of killing in war (Palgrave, 2002), and Tolstoy’s Pacifism (Cambria, 2009). His current research project concerns the Quaker peace testimony.
Dr. Zakaria Seddiki
Dr. Zakaria Seddiki graduated from the Faculty of Sharia, Al-Azhar University, and holds a PhD on the topic of martyrdom in Islam from the Sorbonne University in France. He is the founder and director of the Institut Musulman d'Enseignement à Distance (Muslim Institute of Distance Education), the chairman of Audit, Conformité Ethique Et Recherche En Finance Islamique (Audit, Compliance and Research in Islamic Finance) and serves as adviser to some institutions. Some of Dr. Siddiki’s works include the following. He supervised the editing of the translation into French of the Holy Qur'an, and Exegesis of the Holy Book by Ibn Kathir. He reviewed and explained Nour Al Uyoun Fi Sirat Al Ameen Al Mamoun (A biography of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)) by Ibn Sayyid al-Nas. His publications also include Qur'an and the Theory of Evolution in French (Proceedings of the Conference of New Leuven University, Belgium) and The Views of Islamic Schools of Jurisprudence on the Provisions on Animal Slaughtering, in French, (Journal of the European Institute of Human Sciences). He also participated in many international conferences and seminars in Algeria, France, Belgium, Britain, Sweden, Canada, Egypt, Senegal and South Africa. He is interested in issues of Islamic thought in general, and the renewal and revival of the jurisprudence of behavior through modern innovations, in particular.
Dr. Mu'taz A. Al Khatib
Assistant Professor of Methodology
Mu’taz Al Khatib is Assistant Professor of Methodology and Ethics at CILE. He holds a BA in Islamic Studies, from Damascus (1997) and a BA in Arabic literature from Al-Azhar University, Cairo (1998). He received his MA in 2002 and PhD in 2009 on "The Textual Critical Approach of Hadith: A Study into the Methods of Traditionalists (Muhaddithun) & Legal Theorists (Usuliyun)", published in Beirut, 2011. Mu'taz is a founding member of al-Multaqah al-Fikri li al-Ibdaa' (Intellectual Forum for Innovation, 1999), and was the anchor of Alsharia and Life program, on Al Jazeera channel (2004-2013). He served as Editor-in-Chief of "Islam and Contemporary Affairs" at IslamOnline.net (2003-2008). He was a visiting fellow at ZMO, Berlin (2006), and visiting scholar at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin (2012-2013). Mu'taz has also been a visiting lecturer at the Islamic University of Beirut and Qatar University. He has presented invited lectures at various academic institutions including Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) at the University of California; Institute for Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia at Princeton University; Institute for the Near and Middle East at the University of Ludwig-Maximilians, Munich; and the University of Osnabrück, Germany. He is reviewer for a number of journals including Islamization of Knowledge from the International Institute of Islamic Thought; Journal of al-Tajdīd from the International Islamic University, Malaysia; and the Arab Center for Research & Policy Studies, Qatar. Mu'taz is also author and editor of several books and over twenty academic articles on Hadith criticism, Islamic interpretation methods, Islamic intellectual history, and Islamic Law. He has written numerous journal articles for Arabic language newspapers and magazines, including Al-Hayat, Weghat Nazar, and al-Manār al-Jadīd. To see his podcast videos (only in Arabic), click here.
PANEL 2: Peaceful and Violent Means: Towards a Just Peace
Dr. Mohammed Ghaly
Professor of Islam and Biomedical Ethics, Academic Director
Mohammed Ghaly is currently professor of Islam and Biomedical Ethics, Center for Islamic Legislation & Ethics (CILE) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar. In 1999, he did Islamic Studies in English at al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt and got his bachelor degree with Cum laude. In 2002, he got his M.A. degree in Islamic studies also with cum laude from Leiden University, the Netherlands and in 2008 he got his PhD degree from the same university. During the period 2008-2013, Ghaly was faculty member at Leiden University with main focus on Islamic Law and Ethics. Since 2011, Ghaly is faculty member of the Erasmus Mundus Program; the European Master of bioethics jointly organized by a number of European universities. In 2012, Ghaly was awarded the prestigious VENI grant (2012-2016) from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to do research on “Islam and Biomedical Ethics”. During his academic career, Ghaly developed a wide range of research interests and academic publications within the field of Islamic studies including Islamic theology, Islamic law and (biomedical) ethics. Besides his book Islam and Disability: Perspectives in Theology and Jurisprudence (Routledge: 2010), Ghaly published in reputable journals in the fields of both Islamic studies and bioethics including Islamic Law and Society - Journal of Religion, Disability and Health - Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science and Bioethics. Ghaly is the guest-editor of the two thematic issues on “Islam and bioethics” published respectively by Zygon (September 2013) and Bioethics (February 2014). Watch Dr Ghaly's Podcast videos here.
Sh. Abouzaid El Mokrie El Idrissi
Prominent Theologian and Member of the Moroccan Parliament
Sheikh Abouzaid El Idrissi was born in Morocco in 1960. He is a Moroccan politician, Islamist, preacher and thinker. He is one of the leading thinkers of Harakat al-Tawhid wal Islah (Unity and Reform Movement). He is currently a Member of the Parliament representing the Justice and Development Party, and was re-elected for several successive turns. He served as a member of several parliament committees: the committee on production sectors, the committee on social sectors and the committee on justice and legislation. He served as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences, Department of Arabic Language and taught Arabic Grammar, philology and an introduction to linguistics.
Dr. Mohamed El-Moctar Shinqiti
Associate Professor of Islam and Political Ethics
Mohamed El-Moctar Shinqiti is Associate Professor of Political Ethics at CILE. His academic interests include Islamic political thought and ethics; religious reform and sectarian history of Muslim societies. He holds a PhD in the history of religion from Texas Tech University, USA on “The Crusades’ Impact on Sunni-Shi’a Relations” and currently teaches history of religion and philosophy of religion at the Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies (QFIS), Hamad Ben Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar. Mohamed previously taught Qur’anic exegesis (tafsir) and Arabic grammar at Al-Iman University, Yemen; Arabic literature at the American Open University in Virginia, USA; and world religions at Qatar University. Most of his books and articles have been translated and published in Turkish language; some have been translated into Albanian, Bosnian and Persian; and some are currently being translated into Kurdish. Mohamed is a regular contributor to Al-Jazeera TV channel and its website, where he has published over 400 analytical articles in Arabic and English. He has also participated in several regional and international conferences. To see his podcast videos, click here.
Dr. Jerome Drevon
Dr Jerome Drevon is a research fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. Jerome is particularly interested in the study of civil wars, contentious politics, and political violence. He has developed an innovative research agenda on armed violence based on institutionalism, social movement theory, and social network analysis. Jerome favours first hand understandings of non-state armed actors through field research and interviews. He has notably worked extensively on Egyptian and Syrian salafi jihadi groups and interviewed many of their leaders and members. Jerome’s research was published in numerous academic journals and book chapters. He is currently completing a book on the management of jihadist strategies based on his doctoral study of the Egyptian Islamic and Jihad groups (al-jamaʿa al-islamiyya and jamaʿa al-jihad, the latter being also known as the Egyptian Islamic Jihad).
PANEL 3: Consequences of Violence and Unjust Peace
Dr. Rajai Ray Jureidini
Professor of Migration, Human Rights and Ethics
Dr Ray Jureidini is a recent appointment as Professor of Migration, Human Rights and Ethics at CILE. He grew up in Australia, completing his studies in industrial and economic sociology at the Flinders University of South Australia. He completed his BA in 1977, majoring in sociology and psychology; first class Honours in sociology with a thesis on producer cooperatives in 1979; PhD thesis on Moral Values in Economic Life: a case study of life insurance and superannuation (1987). His research interests include migration, human and labour rights, human trafficking, gender discrimination, racism and xenophobia. In the 1990s, he was a co-founder and vice-chairman of the Australian Arabic Council, established to counter anti-Arab racism in Australia, as well as founder and editor of the Journal of Arabic, Islamic and Middle East Studies. After teaching Sociology in five universities in Australia, he spent 6 years at the American University of Beirut from 1999 where he began researching and publishing on human rights abuses of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon. At the American University in Cairo from 2005, he became director of the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies in 2008 and conducted a number of research projects on migrant and refugee issues. In 2011-14, he returned to Lebanon at the Institute for Migration Studies at the Lebanese American University. In 2012-13 he served one year as consultant to the Migrant Worker Welfare Initiative at the Qatar Foundation in Doha, contributing to the QF Standards for Migrant Worker Welfare for contractors and sub-contractors and completing a report on labor recruitment to Qatar. To see his podcast videos, click here.
Dr. Abdulfattah S. Mohamed
Dr Abdulfatah Mohamed has been working for more than 26 years in various sectors, from major corporations to International Organizations, NGOs and Government institutions in the UK, Switzerland, Qatar, Africa and Middle East. His career path has been shaped by adopting inter-disciplinary approaches to contribute in solving socio-economic and global recent challenges such as violent extremism, conflicts and global complex challenges. He has been a consultant to governments, institutions and NGOs, the OIC, the Islamic Development Bank, the Cordoba Foundation in Geneva, among others. As a director for an International NGO based in London he contributed to the design of a new approach for a dialogue among Muslim youth and law enforcement agencies in the UK and Europe to bridge the work of Islamic Humanitarian NGOs with international humanitarian frameworks and systems. He also contributed to the design and leadership of the Qatari Foreign Aid Assistance Strategy. He has been nominated as Independent Thematic Advisor for the World Humanitarian Summit and the Scientific Advisor for the State of Qatar on Sustainable Development Goals and Financing for Development Processes. He has recently been appointed to advise the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in Qatar as well as advising the UN Secretary General Special Envoy for Humanitarian Affairs. Mohamed holds a BSc Degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from King Fahd University in Saudi Arabia, an MSc in Management Sciences and a PhD in Politics from University of Sheffield, UK.
Dr. Ali Mohamed Al Sawa
Dr. Ali Mohammed Al Sawa is a Professor in Comparative Islamic Jurisprudence. He graduated from Al-Azhar University in 1978 and worked as a professor at the University of Jordan, Yarmouk University in Jordan, King Saud University in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait University and the University of Sharjah. He also served as the Dean of the Faculty of Sharia in Zarqa Private University in Jordan, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Sharia at the University of Jordan and the Chairman of the Department of Islamic Jurisprudence and its Foundations at the University of Jordan. Dr. Alsawa is also a member of the Islamic Studies Society, a fellow researcher of the International Institute of Islamic Thought and a number of other social associations. He has a number of publications including al fi’l al nafi’ (Useful Action In Jordanian Civil Law), qawa’id al ightifar wa alsulh fi al huquq (Rules of Forgiveness and Conciliation) and zakat al sukuk wa sanadeeq al istithmar (Zakat on Islamic Bonds and Investment Funds), hukm tajnid al atfal wa annisaa’ (Provisions for Recruiting Children and Women), and al ahkam al shar’iya al hamiya li annisa’ wa al atfal (Legal Provisions for the Protection of Women and Children in the Time of War). Dr. Al Sawa’s research exceeded twenty four research works. One of his accomplishments is supervising the facilitation of the Islamic Jurisprudence Project in Dar Manhal Publishing House (in preparation). He also published twenty five volumes targeting young readership among secondary school and university students.
Dr. Dana Olwan
Dana M. Olwan is assistant professor of sociology and anthropology at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies and assistant professor of women’s and gender studies at Syracuse University. Dana’s research focuses on feminist theorizations of gendered and sexual violence, solidarities across geopolitical and racial differences, and feminist pedagogies.