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Friday, February 19 2016, 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Politicized Islam, Jihad and ISIS

Today, the issue of Islamic migrations are discussed everywhere. Both Mass Media and Academia spend much time on the issue. Unfortunately, this discussion is too often linked to the daily safety of Westerners. However, healthy thinking about the “Other” and mass immigrations of Muslims demands a more nuanced approach; we need to unpack the relationship of Muslims migrating to politics and Jihad. To have a clear, scholarly, and first hand understanding of the issues involved Dr. Sayed Hassan Akhlaq will deliver three public lectures at the Center for the Study of Culture and Values, at CUA. Dr. Akhlaq is a Muslim philosopher with wide exposure to both Islamic and Western cultures. His education includes both university studies as well as Madrasa. Akhlaq has published many comparative studies of Islam and the West, including: identity, immigration, excommunication, and the crises in the Middle East. His lectures will consist of the following:

  • Islamization and ISIS (Friday, February 19, 2016, at 12.30pm)

This lecture will discuss the role of the Caliphate and Imamate, in Sunni and Shia Islam. Tracing the journey of the idea, Prof. Akhlaq will examine Modern Islamists as well as Militant Islamists, including ISIS’ use of some political aspects of Islam. The lecture will also outline how and why the concept of a comprehensive Sharia Law plays such a paradoxical role in current politicized Islam.   

  • Jihad and Jihadism (Friday, March 18, 2016, at 12.30pm)

The second lecture will deal with the important, but often misunderstood concept of Jihad.  While Jihad is not among five pillars of Islam, why does it take up so huge a space in current Islam? How did the notion of Jihad emerge in Islam? What does it imply? What is the position of Jihad concerning the “Other”? What are the features of Jihad in Sharia? Can we reduce Jihad to the Sufi idea of “self-reformation?” This lecture aims to address these critical questions.

  • Poverty in Islam (April, 2016)

The final lecture will attempt to present an Islamic perspective on poverty.  Poverty (Faqr), for the faithful Muslim, has two opposite sides. On one hand the Prophet said “Poverty is my honor” and, on the other hand, he further states that “Poverty often leads to infidelity.” This lecture tries to highlight how Islamic scholarship developed its thinking on poverty, somewhere wedged between these two extremes.

Gibbons Hall B-12

620 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C. 20064, DC
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