Conference: Iraq 10 years – Examining a Decade of Turbulence

Conference: Iraq 10 years – Examining a Decade of Turbulence

Ten years on, Iraq continues to search for a unifying national identity. After 2003, Iraq’s different communities retreated to their sectarian and ethnic enclaves for protection and for the survival of their various cultures. Presently, the country is fast descending into de facto three separate entities.

This timely conference organised by The Cordoba Foundation and The Sharq Forum  will primarily review and examine the achievements and failures of a decade’s long intervention in Iraq by Western-led forces and regional powers. As a result, the conference will also examine the nature and shape of future international interventions in the region. Despite the huge cost to state and society, Iraq will continue to play a strategic role in the region provided it addresses its internal political and social challenges.

Looking to the future, the conference seeks to chart a direction where all Iraqis feel safe, equal and enjoy the fruits of a real democracy.

Date and Time: Monday 8 April 2013; 9.30am – 5.45pm

Venue:  The Commonwealth Club, 18 Northumberland Ave, London WC2N 5AP (Closest Tube: Embankment or Charing Cross). Please click here for a map and directions to the venue

Limited Places!! Registration is strictly by invitation or application only!!

To apply, please send an email  to be assured of a place at the conference.

Roundtable (Europe): Fair Treatment for all – Religion and Belief, EU Law and Equalities

Roundtable (Europe): Fair Treatment for all – Religion and Belief, EU Law and Equalities

ENORB is being consulted by the European Commission (DG Justice) on the current 10 year review of implementation of  the Directives on Equalities and Fundamental Rights – which cover Religion and Belief (as well as Race, Gender etc).

We hope to welcome legal experts from member states and academic institutions as well as from R&B organisations and  networks at grassroots level.  Conclusions and recommendations from this conference will be submitted to EU officials.

date: March 19-20, 2013

venue: European Parliament/Centre Espaces, Brussels, Belgium

day one: European Parliament: Bt Altiero Spinetti, Hall 78 – 1.30pm-6pm | 7.30pm-9pm

day two: Centre Espaces: 40, Avenue de la Renaissance – 9:15am-12.30pm

Limited funds available to subsidise travel costs for delegates from Eastern Europe and distant parts of Europe.

For further information about costs please click here

To register, please click here 

Seminar: Non Violence and Peace Building in Islam

Seminar: Non Violence and Peace Building in Islam

Throughout the world’s most volatile regions, academics and practitioners are proposing that novel approaches to peace building should now be organic incorporating indigenous and local cultural methods of interventions and analysis on top of the systematic ‘Western’ models being employed. Islam as a religion and a tradition is replete with teachings and practices of nonviolence and peacebuilding.  Since its formative years, Muslim communities have been empowered by various Islamic values and principles of peace and Muslim men and women to resolve their conflicts peacefully and to establish just social, political and economic systems.

Nevertheless, since the September 11 attacks of 2001, a large number of studies have ignored the Islamic tradition of peace and nonviolence and focused mainly on Islamic fundamentalism and recent emergence of radical Islamic movements.

The Cordoba Foundation, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Initiatives of Change and Salam Institute of Peace and Justice  invite you to a public seminar that will focus on addressing the Islamic traditions of non violence and peacebuilding. (Please note that whilst the title of the seminar has changed to reflect a more detailed concept for the seminar, it will deliver the same subjects as before)

Speakers

* Professor Mohammed Abu Nimer (Salam Institute for Peace and Justice / American University)
* Dr Qamar ul Huda (United States Institute of Peace)
* Dr Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana (Georgetown University / Salam Institiute for Peace and Justice)

Date & Time: 22nd January 2013, 10.30am – 4.00pm

Venue: Initiatives of Change Centre, 24 Greencoat Place, London, SW1P 1RD (Please click here for a map to the venue)- Closest tube is Victoria

Limited Places.  Registration Essential!!

Please click here to register (Please note that there will be a £10 attendance fee payable at the door to cover refreshments, lunch and any course material)

 

Meeting: Peacebuilding in Islam – An Introduction

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues, The Cordoba Foundation, Islamic Relief Worldwide and Salam Institute for Peace and Justice invite you to a meeting that will focus on addressing the Islamic traditions of conflict transformation and peacebuilding.

Date and Time: Tuesday 22 January 2013; 6.30pm-8.30pm
Venue: Committee Room 10, House of Commons

Chair
Andy Slaughter MP

Throughout the world’s most volatile regions, academics and practitioners are proposing that novel approaches to peacebuilding should now incorporate indigenous and local cultural methods of interventions and analysis into the systematic ‘Western’ models being employed.
Islam as a religion and a tradition is replete with teachings and practices of nonviolence and peacebuilding. Since its formative years, Muslim communities have been empowered by various Islamic values and principles of peace. Nevertheless, since the September 11 attacks of 2001, a large number of studies have ignored the Islamic tradition of peace and nonviolence and focused mainly on Islamic fundamentalism and recent emergence of radical Islamic movements.
So how do Muslim men and women resolve their conflicts peacefully and establish just social, political and economic systems?

Speakers
Prof Mohamed Abu Nimer is professor in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at the American University’s School of International Service in Washington DC, and Director of the Salaam Institute for Peace and Justice. He is an expert in conflict resolution and dialogue for peace. As a practitioner, he has conducted conflict resolution training workshops and intervened in many conflict areas around the world including: Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Northern Ireland, Philippines (Mindanao), Sri Lanka and the US. His list of publications include Interfaith Peacebuilding and Dialogue in the Middle East: From Sacred to Political; Nonviolence and Peacebuilding in Islam:Theory and Practice; Reconciliation, Coexistence, and Justice:Theory and Practice.

Dr Qamar ul Huda is a scholar of Islam and Senior Program Officer in the Religion and Peacemaking Centre at the US Institute of Peace. His area of expertise is Islamic theology, intellectual history, ethics, comparative ethics, the language of violence, conflict resolution and non-violence in contemporary Islam. His edited USIP book, The Crescent and Dove: Peace and Conflict Resolution in Islam, provides a critical analysis of models of nonviolent strategies, peace-building and conflict resolution in Muslim communities. His research is on comparative Sunni-Shi’ite interpretations of social justice, ethics and dialogue, and how the notion of justice is used and appropriated. Dr Huda is the author of Striving for Divine Union: Spiritual Exercises for Suhrawardi Sufis.

Dr S Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana is a founding member and the Associate Director of Salam Institute for Peace and Justice. She is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the field of Peace and Conflict Resolution at the School of International Service at American University, Washington DC. In addition to teaching, lecturing and publishing extensively, Dr Kadayifci-Orellana has facilitated dialogues and conflict resolution workshops between Israelis and Palestinian; conducted Islamic conflict resolution training workshops with imams and Muslim youth leaders in the United States, Saudi Arabia and Sudan; organised and participated in interfaith and intra-Muslim dialogues; and was part of the first American-Muslim delegation to Iran in November 2012.

spaces Limited!!  Please  click here to RSVP

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Secretariat, APPG on Conflict Issues
www.conflictissues.org.uk

The Secretariat to the APPGCI is provided by Engi, a social venture that aims to further effective, non-violent conflict management by strengthening links between peace-building and Parliament, government, civil society and the private sector. www.engi.org.uk

Talk: The Need for Faith Inspired Non Violence Today- A Legacy of Martin Luther King’s Influence

Talk: The Need for Faith Inspired Non Violence Today- A Legacy of Martin Luther King’s Influence

This is organised by St Ethelburgas Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, Islamic Relief Worldwide and The Cordoba Foundation

Martin Luther King Day is a timely reminder of the importance of the tools of Non Violence  when combatting oppression and injustice.

St Ethelburgas Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, Islamic Relief Worldwide and The Cordoba Foundation cordially invite you to a talk that explores his legacy whilst discussing the need for faith inspired non violent movements in today’s world.

Date & Time: 21st January 2013, 6pm – 9pm

Venue: St Ethelburgas Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, 78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG

Limited Places!!! Registration Essential!!

Please click here to register

Roundtable: The Role of Indonesia in a Changing Muslim World

Roundtable: The Role of Indonesia in a Changing Muslim World

Spread across a chain of thousands of islands between Asia and Australia, Indonesia has the world’s largest Muslim population and Southeast Asia’s biggest economy and can claim to be one of the earlier pioneers of an Islamic democracy.  Suffering badly from the Asian economic crisis of the 1990s, Indonesia has been largely silent on the international scene, slowing buidling back.

A devastating tsunami in 2004 provided an opportunity for Indonesia to pave the way towards settling some of the internal conflicts that had been affecting it.

In the wake of the numerous changes happening in the Middle East, much is being made about the rise of Islamic Democracy.  Indonesia has a role to play in developing the arguments on this.

Join us for an interesting roundtable discussion on ‘ The Role of Indonesia in a Changing Muslim World’

Speaker – Dr Nurhayati Ali Assegaf

DATE:  Wed 7th November 2012.
TIME:   1.15pm (lunch will be served)
PLACE:  Room 306, 3rd Floor, London Muslim Centre , 46 Whitechapel Road, London E1.  (Nearest tube: Aldgate East / Whitechapel )

Limited places!!!

Please click here to reserve a place

Book Launch: The Battle for Public Opinion in Europe

Book Launch: The Battle for Public Opinion in Europe

The Middle East Monitor & the Cordoba Foundation cordially invite you to:

Book Launch – The Battle for Public Opinion in Europe

Speakers:

Tim Llewellyn, former BBC Middle East Correspondent
Seamus Milne, Guardian Columnist and Associate Editor
Jackie Rowland, Al Jazeera Correspondent

Chaired by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (The Independent)

Date: Thursday 18th October 2012

Time: Start 6.45pm (Light refreshments and registration at 6.15pm)

Venue: Senate House, Chancellor’s Hall, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

REGISTER NOW – Email: events@memonitor.org.uk

Roundtable: Free Speech or Islamophobia

Roundtable: Free Speech or Islamophobia

Following the insulting and provocative American film, “Innocence of Muslims”, the French media added fuel to the fire of by publishing offensive cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Left-wing alt-weekly Charlie Hebdo ran cartoons that depicted a naked, turbaned Prophet in profoundly racist and offensive ways. To make matters worse, French interior minister Manuel Valls announced that demonstrations against Islamophobia would be officially banned and that “any incitement to hatred must be fought with the greatest firmness”.

The  discussion will focus  on the current surge in anti-Muslim propaganda in the media in Europe and beyond.

Date and time: Wednesday 3rd October, 2012  – 6pm
Venue: London Muslim Centre, 46 Whitechapel Road, London E1. (Nearest tube: Aldgate East/ Whitechapel)

ALL WELCOME

Speaker:
Marwan Muhammad is a member of the Collective Against Islamophobia on France, which helps victims of Islamophobic crimes as well as monitors and collates information on Islamophobia and racism. Muhammad is a statistician by profession and author of ‘Foul Express’. He recently appeared on a CNN debate, following nude cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad published by the French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

info@enoughcoalition.org.uk – www.enoughcoalition.org.uk
Supported by London Muslim Centre and The Cordoba Foundation

 


Enough Coalition Against Islamophobia is a network of groups and individuals who came together to campaign against Muslim racism in Britain.