Exploring education in Islam
A two-day public seminar, entitled "Education and Democracy in Islamic Societies: Implications for human security and Canadian foreign policy," will be held in the Jack Cram Auditorium (3700 McTavish St.) at McGill University on June 5 and 6.
May 28, 2003
A two-day public seminar, entitled "Education and democracy in Islamic societies: Implications for human security and Canadian foreign policy," will be held in the Jack Cram Auditorium (3700 McTavish St.) at McGill University from June 5 to 6.
This two-day public seminar will explore the relationship of education in Islamic societies to the forces of democracy and modernity. Other themes that will be explored include constitutionality and the rule of law, gender equality, human security, science and technology, as well as the modern liberal economy.
Internationally renowned Islamic scholar Dr Dale Eickelman, the Ralph and Richard Lazarus Professor of Anthropology and Human Relations from Dartmouth College, will give the initial plenary lecture. His address will be entitled "Who speaks for Islam today? Mass higher education, democracy and the religious imagination." Following Dr Eickelman, over the two days, five additional Islamic specialists will give sectoral presentations, which will be followed by full group discussions.
This open seminar is designed to bring together people from diverse backgrounds, including educators and students from learning institutions at all levels, journalists, government officials, members of the clergy and anyone who wishes to increase their understanding of Islamic communities.
The outcomes of the seminar deliberations will be forwarded to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Affairs to provide non-government input into foreign policy development.
"Education and democracy in Islamic societies: Implications for human security and Canadian foreign policy" is being co-sponsored by McGill University's Faculty of Education and the Institute of Islamic Studies. Financial support for the seminar has been provided by the Canadian Centre for Foreign Policy Development in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.