International Conference “The Future of Faith in the Age o Globalization”, 18 – 19 September 2010, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
The primary objective of the conference is to explore faith-based perspectives which may help in understanding and responding to the multi-faceted challenges of the phenomenon of globalization. second, the conference seeks to identify common grounds among different faith communities that may constitute a basis for collaborative efforts in dealing with certain aspects of globalization, particularly in the areas of education, peace building, poverty eradication and healthcare, international finance and the environment. A third objective is to encourage new and critical thinking by Muslim and other faith scholars in relation to issues and challenges of globalization.
Some of the fundamental questions that will be addressed in the conference are:
1. What is new about the phenomenon of globalization?
How is it different from previous experiences of globalization faced by human civilization?
2. What can a faith-based perspective offer in understanding the dynamics – and consequences – of globalization? Specifically, can Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith traditions offer intellectual perspectives that are relevant to the current challenges facing their new generations of followers who are living in – and subjected to – the new age of globalization?
3. Does globalization have a moral imperative of its own, derived from its logic of operation? If not, where does its moral code come from?
4. Is a faith-based moral order for global politics and culture and economy/finance possible? In other words, are the claims to universality of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and other world religions sufficient to meet the moral needs of a globalized human society in every sphere?
5. If a faith-based moral order for the global community is possible, what types of engagement are needed to create synergy between faith communities and a new synthesis – or common ground – for a faith-based universal moral order? Specifically, what can a universal, faith-based moral order offer to address the challenges of religious and political extremism, terrorism, drug and human trafficking, issues of social justice and the transgressions of the nationstate system on the rights of individuals, communities and
6. Can faith-based moral alternatives be considered as viable for the new financial architecture as well as for production and consumption patterns in overcoming the excesses and moral deficiency of the current global economic order and financial system?
7. How can faith-based scholarship contribute to the critique of contemporary globalization? Is there an alternative? What practical steps can faith-based scholars take towards “global” engagement?
8. What is the future of faith in relation to the phenomenon of globalization?
THE CONFERENCE IS ORGANIZED BY:
The Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSSUK)
The Faculty of Islamic Studies in Sarajevo
The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)
IN COOPERATION WITH:
HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge
The Centre for The Study of Democracy, University of Westminstern
The Center for Advanced Studies in Sarajevo
Submission of Abstracts
Decisions on which papers will be included in the conference programme will be announced by the organizers by the end of May and the information will be sent by e-mail. Selection of the papers will be made on the basis of quality and relevance to the conference themes.
Ms Tahira Hadi
P.O. Box 126;
Surrey TW9 2UD
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