Convening 9 July 2018 Casablanca (Morocco)
Sources of Pluralism in Islamic Thought
Fondation du Roi Abdul-Aziz

Casablanca Seminars
International Conference & Summer School

July, 2018

Fondation du Roi Abdul-Aziz
Rue du Corail, Ain Diab – Casablanca, Morocco

Reset DOC in partnership with the King Abdul-Aziz Foundation and the Granada Institute for Higher Education and Research are pleased to present this international symposium that was made possible also thanks to the support of Henry Luce Foundation’s Initiative on Religion in International Affairs, Nomis Foundation and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

As a global religion, Islam and its jurisprudence have offered heterogeneous responses to a range of questions facing different faiths and communities. Modernity imposed new questions upon religious scholars, theologians, and philosophers, demanding of them a new version of pluralism in the theological and political arenas. While doctrinal or philosophical exclusivism rejects “the other” in theory — and frequently in practice, too — inclusivism connotes the accommodation and toleration of difference. But if that means the reluctant acceptance of difference within a hierarchy of worldviews, inclusion may not be enough to create more egalitarianism within modern multicultural societies. Modern pluralism might come to mean, instead, a robust appreciation of human diversity and values.

Conference Program

Monday, July 9

2.30-3.00 PM: Registration and Welcome coffee

3.00-3.30 PM: Welcome Session

Ahmed Toufiq, Director, King Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud Foundation for Islamic Studies and Human Sciences, Casablanca

Mohamed Bensalah, Director, Granada Institute

Giancarlo Bosetti, Director, Reset DOC

3.30-3.45 PM: Conference Introduction: On Pluralism and the Islamic Traditions

Mohammed Hashas, LUISS University, Rome


3.45-5.15 PM : Session 1 – Pluralism in the Quran and the Prophetic Tradition

Panel 1

Asma Afsaruddin (Indiana University), Valorizing Religious Dialogue and Pluralism within the Islamic Tradition

Mohsen Kadivar (Duke University), Genealogies of Pluralism in Islamic Thought: Shia Perspective

Shabbir Akhtar (Oxford University), Reading the Rival’s Scripture in the Open Society: Western Christians and the Quran

Chair: Fouad Ben Ahmed (Dar el-Hadith el-Hassania Institute for Higher Islamic Studies EDHH, Rabat)

5.15-5.30 PM: Coffee Break

5.30-6.30 PM: Roundtable 1 – Modernization of Civil Rights and Family Law in Islamic Contexts

Nouzha Guessous (Hassan II University, Casablanca), Fadma Ait Mous (Hassan II University, Casablanca), Giancarlo Bosetti (Reset DOC), Mohammed Hashas (LUISS, Rome), Abdou Filali-Ansary (Aga Khan University, London)

Chair: Armando Barucco, Head, Unit for Analysis and Planning, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Tuesday, July 10

10.00-11.30 AM : Session 2 – Pluralism and Universalism in Classical Islamic Scholarship

Panel 2

Mariam al-Attar (Sharjah University), Theories of Ethics in Islamic Thought and the Question Of Moral Pluralism

Oliver Leaman (University of Kentucky), Pluralism and Islamic Law: Why the Past is Better than the Present

Massimo Campanini (University of Trento), Universalism and Cosmopolitanism in Islam: The Idea of the Caliphate

Chair: Asma Afsaruddin (Indiana)

11.30-11.45 AM: Coffee Break

11.45 AM- 1.15 PM                                         Panel 3

Mohammed Mahjoub (University of Tunis), On the Possible Hermeneutical Interpretation of Pluralism in Islamic Thought: From Truth to Meaning

Abdallah Seyid Ould Bah (University of Nouakchott), Religious Plurality and Kalam Perspective on Diversity of the Creed: al-Ash‘ari, al-Shahrastani, and al-Razi

Fouad Ben Ahmed (EDHH, Rabat), Philosophy in the Hanbali Contexts: Ibn Taymiyya as a Reader of Ibn Rushd

Chair: Mohamed Bensalah (Granada Institute)

1.15-2.15 PM: Lunch Break

2:15-3:45 PM : Session 3 – Insights from Multicultural Societies, Sufism and Politics

Panel 4

Amin Abdullah (State Islamic University, Indonesia), Islamic Political Theology for a Global Age: Indonesian Religious Experience in Reforming Islamic Political Thought

Imtiyaz Yusuf (Mahidol University, Bangkok), Islamic Theology of Religious Pluralism:  Building Islam-Buddhism Understanding

Moin Nizami (Oxford University), The Limits of Pluralism in South Asian Sufism

Chair: Jonathan Laurence (Boston College)

3.45-4.00 PM: Coffee Break

4.00-5.00 PM: Roundtable 2 – Modern theologians and reforms | Book launch discussion

Abdallah Seyid Ould Bah (University of Nouakchott), Massimo Campanini (University of Trento), Mohamed Haddad (University of Carthage, Tunis)

Chair: Mohamed – Sghir Janjar (Casablanca)

Book: Mohamed Haddad, Le réformisme musulman: Une histoire critique (Mimesis, 2013)

Wednesday, July 11

10:00-11:30 AM: Session 4 – Political philosophy, politics, Sufism and education

Panel 5

Abdelwahab El-Affendi (Doha Institute), Tahkeem as an Islamic Democratic Precedent: Towards a New Look at One of Islam’s Formative Episodes

Anthony Booth (University of Sussex), Rawlsian Liberalism and Political Islam: Friends or Foes?

Emmanuel Karagiannis (King’s College), The Environmental Policy of the Muslim Brotherhood

Chair: Nouzha Guessous (Hassan II University, Casablanca)

11:30-11:45 AM: Coffee Break


11:45 AM -1:15 PM                               Panel 6

Ednan Aslan (University of Vienna), Educating Muslim Children Towards Plurality

Clinton Bennett (SUNY, New York), On Sufism and Politics

Meriem El-Haitami (International University of Rabat IUR, Rabat), Morocco’s Religious Policy: A Post-Sufi Turn?

Chair: Fadma Ait Mous (Hassan II University, Casablanca)

1:15-2:15 PM: Lunch Break

2:15-3:30 PM: Roundtable 3: Religious authority and education in plural societies |Book launch discussion

Ednan Aslan (University of Vienna), Mohammed Khalid Rhazzali (University of Padova), Jonathan Laurence (Boston College), Amin Abdullah (Islamic State University, Indonesia), Mohammed Hashas (LUISS, Rome)

Chair: Giancarlo Bosetti (Reset DOC)

Book: Mohammed Hashas, Jan Jaap de Ruiter, Niels Valdemar Vinding, eds., Imams in Western Europe: Developments, Transformations, and Institutional Challenges (Amsterdam UP, 2018)

3:30 – 6:00 PM: Group tour to the old medina of Casablanca


Scientific Committee

Fouad Ben Ahmed (Dar el-Hadith el-Hassania Institute for Higher Islamic Studies EDHH, Rabat)

Mohamed Bensalah (Granada Institute for Higher Education and Research, Granada)

Giancarlo Bosetti (Reset DOC, Milan)

Abdou Filali-Ansary (Aga Khan University, London)

Nouzha Guessous (Hassan II University, Casablanca)

Mohamed Haddad (University of Carthage, Tunis)

Mohammed Hashas (LUISS University, Rome)

Mohamed-Sghir Janjar (King Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud Foundation for Islamic Studies and Human Sciences, Casablanca)

Jonathan Laurence (Boston College)


Conference Scientific Coordinator

Mohammed Hashas (LUISS University, Rome)



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