28 March 2016

Brussels Conference

EESTURK Association and Atlantis Dialogue Platform, actively participated to a Symposium “COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM: MUJAHADA and MUSLIMS’ RESPONSIBILITY” in Brussels on 15-16 March, 2016. Symposium jointly organized by KU LEUVEN University- Gulen Chair for Intercultural Studies and Intercultural Dialogue Platform.

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World recognized Islamic Scholars, renowned academicians, peacemakers, activists, sociologists and other leading people of societies attended to the symposium to work on the topic of violence, extremism, violent radicalization, mujahada and peacemaking in Islam.

The aim of this symposium was to bring together scholars working on the topic of violence, extremism, violent radicalization, mujahada and peacemaking in Islam. In particular, the symposium organizers are interested in the complex links and interaction between religious texts, social circumstances and cultural contexts which lead to the violent radicalism and extremism. Instrumentalization of the religious beliefs, texts and practices and jihad to justify struggles and conflicts are common concerns of many Islamic scholars. Many contemporary Muslim scholars condemn the atrocities in the name of Islam itself. The extremist rhetoric obscures the whole religious texts’ meaning, decontextualize the inclusive understanding and approach of the Qur’an. This symposium provided opportunities to deepen our understanding of the patterns of religious violence and the nature and scope of our moral responses to them.

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