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Conference: Islam and Toleration

March 1, 2018 @ 08:00 - March 2, 2018 @ 17:00

The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University is pleased to announce our annual conference on Islam and Toleration. This conference aims to explore the concept and realities of toleration in the Islamic tradition with a focus on contemporary work, from Asia and Africa to Europe and the United States. This conference is co-sponsored by Harvard Law School’s Islamic Legal Studies Program: SHARIAsource.

Islam and toleration Poster

Keynote Address

Thursday, March 1st 5:30pm, Tsai Auditorium


“Reflections on Tolerance and its Difficulty”


Thomas M. Scanlon, Alford Professor of Natural Religion, Moral Philosophy, and Civil Polity, Emeritus, Harvard University



Panel Discussions

Friday, March 2nd from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Belfer Case Study Room


10:00 am – Panel 1 – Muslim minorities in Non-Muslim societies

Panelists: Khalil Abdur-Rashid, Sugata Bose, Jocelyn Cesari, Yee Htun

Chair: William A. Graham


1:00 pm – Panel 2 – Minorities in Muslim-majority societies

Panelists: Orit Bashkin, Kristin Fabbe, Ousmane Kane, Jeremy Menchik

Chair: Shady Nasser


3:00 pm – Panel 3 – Intra-Islamic Toleration

Panelists: Akeel Bilgrami, Nebil Husayn, Mohsen Kadivar, Roy P. Mottahedeh

Chair: Tarek Masoud



All sessions will take place at CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.


March 1, 2018 @ 08:00
March 2, 2018 @ 17:00
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