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The Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA), an Istanbul-based nonprofit research center affiliated with Istanbul Zaim University (IZU), will host its second annual international conference on the Muslim Ummah between October 14 – 16, 2018. The three-day event is co-sponsored by the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and the College of Islamic Sciences at Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Doha, Qatar.

The inaugural conference, which took place in October 2017 on IZU’s main campus, featured a number of distinguished scholars who addressed major themes, including “The Global Challenges to the Muslim World,” “The Role of Islamic Law in the Modern World,” and “Understanding Fault Lines Within the Muslim Ummah,” to name a few. The main theme of this year’s conference builds on the question of fault lines from last year’s conference, and is titled “Fault Lines and Perils Facing Muslim Societies.” Over twenty scholars will discuss the theme’s many social, political, legal, cultural, epistemological, and economic dimensions.

The conference will aim to broadly examine the challenges of sectarianism, secularism, nationalism, and colonialism through the lens of its main theme, and especially as these issues pertain to Muslim-majority countries. The plenary session, titled “Conflict and Struggle: The Legacy of Colonialism, Liberalism, and Modernity,” will be chaired by Columbia University’s Joseph Massad, the University of Johannesburg’s Farid Esack, and Ibn Haldun University’s Halil Berktay.

CIGA’s conference is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending may register through the center’s official website. For those unable to attend, CIGA will be streaming the conference through its social media platforms.

To learn more about CIGA, including information on upcoming events, visit its official website, Facebook, and Twitter pages. You can watch last year’s conference on the Muslim Ummah by visiting CIGA’s official YouTube page.

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