Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) presented a seminar during the 45th Annual ISNA Convention in Columbus, Ohio on August 3, 2008. The main theme of the convention was “Ramadan – a Time For Change” based on the verse (13:11) “…verily God will not change the condition of the people until they change it themselves…”. The topic of the seminar was “Towards the Abrahamic Vision of Faith Based Reconciliation”.
The general goal of the seminar was to introduce the concept of Faith-Based Reconciliation that is founded on the Abrahamic moral vision to a general Muslim audience. Specifically, the speakers focused on the eight core values that constitute reconciliation as a moral vision: Pluralism, Inclusion, Peacemaking, Social Justice, Forgiveness, Healing, Sovereignty and Atonement. The speakers were Dr. Jamal Barzinji and Dr. Abubaker Al-Shingeiti. Dr. Hisham Altalib moderated the seminar which was followed by questions and answers from the audience.