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Islam and modernity: how to be Muslim and modern today

A roundtable discussion with:

Abdelmajid Charfi, Emeritus Professor of Arab Civilization and Islamic Thought at the University of Tunis and author of l’Islam entre le message et l’histoire (Islam between the Message and History).

Hamadi Redissi, Professor of Political Science at the University of Tunis and author of l’Exception islamique (The Islamic Exception).

Boutheina Cheriet, Quillian Visiting International Professor at Randolph-Macon Woman ’s College, Professor of Sociology at the University of Algiers, and former Minister in charge of Women ’s Affairs and the Family (2002-2003, Algeria).

The three panelists stand at the forefront of an emerging school of thought within the Muslim world. Using the tools of contemporary social science, they have undertaken to critique Islam from within. Their work turns on several fundamental questions: Is it legitimate to question the timelessness of the Qur’an? Are certain key elements of Islamic heritage a product of history and thus no longer relevant today? Why has the Islamic world long stagnated in semi-modernity? What roles can women play as catalysts for reform? In raising these questions, our panelists offer a vision of what it means to be at once Muslim and modern today.

Presented by NYU’s Dialogues: Islamic World-U.S.-The West and the Institute of French Studies with the generous support of Air France.

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006 at 6:30 pm at La Maison Française of NYU, 16 Washington Mews (at University Place), New York, New York.

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