Sources of Pluralism in Islamic Thought
Fondation du Roi Abdul-Aziz

July 9-14

Pluralism, Education and Political Liberties

The Casablanca School, in collaboration with the Fondation du Roi Abdul Aziz Al Saoud pour les Etudes Islamiques et les Sciences Humaines and the Granada Institute for Higher Education and Research, is a project on cultural-religious pluralism, education and political liberties. The School combines a Conference for the broader public with ad hoc activities and workshops targeting young scholars and researchers, journalists and media professionals, and teachers and theologians. The School is fully integrated with the conference and its core topic is the reawakening of Islamic pluralistic traditions, addressed through critical tools provided by the social sciences, ranging from domestic law to theology, and from political philosophy to sociology, anthropology and history, etc. The School focuses on the multiple historical, theological, social, philosophical and legal-constitutional dimensions of the complex and constantly evolving relationships between religion and politics in contemporary societies. Special attention is given to the role played by education – and religious education in particular – in the historical evolution of this relationship. Within this thematic framework, the main objective is to trace the diverse historical conditions behind the formation, perpetuation and transformation of concepts of various types.

Reset Dialogues, in partnership with the King Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud Foundation for Islamic Studies and Human Sciences and the Granada Institute for Higher Education and Research are pleased to present the first edition of the Casablanca Summer School. The School was also made possible thanks to the support of the Henry Luce Foundation’s Initiative on Religion in International Affairs, Nomis Foundation and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


English and Arabic. A simultaneous translation from English to Arabic and vice-versa will be provided.


King Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud Foundation for Islamic Studies and Human Sciences

Rue du Corail, Ain Diab, Casablanca, Morocco

Tel.: 05 22 39 10 27/30 Fax: 05 22 39 10 31 –


Monday, July 9

09.30-10.00AM: Registration

10.00-11.00AM: Welcome session and introductory remarks

Mohamed-Sghir Janjar | Deputy Director, King Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud Foundation for Islamic Studies and Human Sciences, Casablanca

Mohammed Hashas | Reset DOC

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


11.00AM-1.00 PM: Lesson 1.

Asma Afsaruddin (Indiana University), “Religious Dialogue and Pluralism”.


Afsaruddin, Asma  “Religious Dialogue and Interfaith Relations,” in Contemporary Issues (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015): 174-205.


Lunch 1.00-2.30 PM


See Conference Program: Monday July, 9 (Afternoon) – Tuesday July, 10 – Wednesday, July 11

Thursday, July 12

09.30AM-12.00PM: Lesson 2.

Jonathan Laurence (Boston College), “Religion and National Institutions in Comparative Perspective”.


  1. Casanova, J. 2005. “Catholic and Muslim Politics,” Taiwan Journal of Democracy, Vol.1, No.2, pp.89-108 ;
  2. Stepan, A. 2001, “The World’s Religious Systems and Democracy,” in Arguing Comparative Politics, 2001, pp.213-253;
  3. Toft M.D., D. Philpott, T.S. Shah. 2011. “Behind the Politics of Religion,” in God’s century: resurgent religion and global politics, pp. 20-47.


Lunch 12.00AM-1.30PM


01.30-04.00PM: Lesson 3

Mohamed Haddad (University of Carthage), “Pluralism in Modern Islam: Reform (islâhi) movement”.


Haddad, Mohamed. Al-Islām al-Islāhī: Muntakhabātes, (The Reformist Islam: Selected Texts) (Tunis: Observatoire arabe des religions et des libertés- Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, 2017).


4.00-5.00 PM

Workshop 1

Mohamed Elhachmi (Chouaib Doukkali University), “Civic State as a Condition of Pluralism in the Muslim World”.


شاهر إسماعيل الشاهر، ”ما بين الدولة الدينية والدولة المدنية: (قراءة في العلاقة بين السلطة والمجتمع)،“ مجلة نقد وتنوير: مقاربات نقدية في التربية والمجتمع، إصدار خاص فبراير، (2015): 1-24.

آفاق الدولة المدنية بعد الانتفاضات العربية، معهد عصام فارس للسياسات العامة والشؤون الدولية (بيروت، 2013)

Abdou Filali-Ansary, Secularism and Islam: An Artificial Divide, Reset DOC Journal, 13 June 2011


Workshop 2

Mohammed Hashas, On Islamic Critical Thought


Workshop 3

Fouad Ben Ahmed, The Orientalist Perspective to the Death of Philosophy in Islam

Friday, July 13

10.00AM-12.30PM: Lesson 4.

Fouad Ben Ahmed, “Philosophy in Muslim Societies after the Eleventh Century: Extinction, Survival or Diversification?”



  1. De Boer, The History of Philosophy in Islam, translated by Edwrd Jones (New York: Dover Publication, 1967): 169-171.
  2. Gutas, Dimitri. “The Heritage of Avicenna: The Golden Age of Arabic Philosophy, 1000-ca.1350,” in Avicenna and his Heritage. Acts of the International Colloquium, Leuven—Louvain-La-Neuve September 8-September 11, 1999, J. Janssens and D. De Smet (Leuven: University Press, 2002): 81-97.
  3. Wisnovsky, Robert. ‘‘Avicenna and the Avicennian tradition,’’ in The Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy, ed. by P. Adamson and R. Taylor (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press: 2004).

Or as alternative:

دي بور، تيتزي. تاريخ الفلسفة في الإسلام، ترجمة عبد الهادي أبو ريدة، ط. 3 (بيروت: دار النهضة العربية، 1945): 293-297.

الجابري، محمد عابد. ”فكر الغزالي: مكونات وتناقضاته، “ضمن التراث والحداثة: دراسات ومناقشات (بيروت: مركز دراسات الوحدة العربية، 1991): 161-164.



  1. Renan, Ernest. Averroèset l’averroïsme. Essai historique, 4ème édition revue et augmentée (Paris : Calmann Lévy, 1882) : 1-45.
  2. El-Rouayheb, Khaled. Islamic Intellectual History in the Seventeenth-Century: Scholarly Currents in the Ottoman Empire and the Maghreb (Cambridge University Press, 2015) (Introduction).
  3. Renan, Ernest. L’Islamisme et la Sciences (Paris : Calmann Lévy, 1883).
  4. Saliba, George. “Age of Decline: The Fecundity of Astronomical Thought,” in Islamic Science and the Making of the European Renaissance (Cambridge-London: The MIT Press, 2007): 233-255.


Lunch 12.30 AM-2.30 PM


02.30-04.30 PM: Lesson 5

Mohammed Hashas, “Contemporary Islamic Critical Thought and Pluralism”.



  1.   Abdou Filali-Ansary, “The Quest for Legitimacy in Muslim Contexts: A Four-Act Tragedy?”, Reset DOC Journal, 15 July 2016
  2. Talal Asad, “The Idea of an Anthropology of Islam,” Center for Contemporary Arab Studies of Georgetown University, 1986, pp. 1-22.
  3.    Ednan Aslan, “Religious Pluralism in Islam,” Journal of Islamic Thought and Civilization, 1:2 (Fall 2011), 35-47.
  4.    Abdulaziz Sachedina, “Advancing Religious Pluralism in Islam,” Religion Compass 4/4 (2010): 221–233.


Or as alternative

محمد محجوب، “تأملات فلسفية في الإيمان، مؤسسة مؤمنون بلا حدود، 2015، 1-14


  1.    Mohamed Kamali, “Diversity and Pluralism: A Quranic Perspective,” Pluto Journals IAIS, July 2009: 27-54.
  2. David Decosimo, “Political Freedom as an Islamic Value,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion, lfy018(May 2018), pp.1-41
  3.     Mohammed Hashas, “Abdolkarim Soroush: A Neo-Mu’tazilite that Buries Classical Islamic Political Theology,” Studia Islamica 109 (2014) pp. 147-173.
  4.    Mohammed Hashas, “Tareq Oubrou’s Geotheology: Sharia of the Minority and the Secularization of European Islamic Thought.” Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Vol. 34, Issue 4, 2014, pp. 1-21.
  5.     Farid Esack, Qur‘an, Liberation and Pluralism: An Islamic Perspective of Interreligious Solidarity Against Oppression (Oxford: Oneworld, 1997).
  6.     Wilfred Smith, “The Cumulative Tradition,” (Chapter 6) in Smith, The Meaning and End of Religion, 1962. Pp-139-153.
  7.    John Hick, “A Philosophy of Religious Pluralism,” in John Hick, Problems of Religious Pluralism, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 1989, pp.28-111.
  8.     Ismail Raji al-Faruqi, “Meta- Religion: Towards a Critical World Religion,” 1986.
  9.  Ziauddin Sardar, “Education Reform: From Islamization of Knowledge to Integration of Knowledge,” IIIT, 2015.


4.30 – 5.30 PM

Workshop 1

Mohamed Elhachmi, Civic State as a Condition of Pluralism in the Muslim World.

Workshop 2

Mohammed Hashas, On Islamic Critical Thought.

Workshop 3

Fouad Ben Ahmed, The Orientalist Perspective to the Death of Philosophy in Islam.


Saturday, July 14

9.30-11.30 AM: Lesson 6

Meriem El Haithami (International Univeristy of Rabat IUR), “Emerging Feminisms in Morocco: Women, State Islam, and the Prospects for a Pluralistic Public Space”.

Readings (Required)

  1. Maghraoui, Driss. “The Strengths and Limits of Religious Reforms in Morocco,” Mediterranean Politics, 14, No. 2 (July 2009):195–211.
  2. Eddouada, Souad & Renata Pepicelli. “Morocco: Towards an “Islamic State Feminism””–morocco-towards-an-islamicstate-feminis.htm
  3. النسوية الإسلامية، إشراف بسام الجمل، تنسيق أنس الطريفي، عدة مؤلفين، منشورات مؤمنون بلا حدود، 13 يوليوز 2016.

11.30-12.30: AM

Presentations of the Summer School workshops

Scientific Committee of the Summer School:

Fouad Ben Ahmed (Dar el-Hadith el-Hassania Institute for Higher Islamic Studies, Rabat), Mohammed Bensalah (Granada Institute for Higher Education and Research, Granada and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Rabat); 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 Foundation for Islamic Studies and Human Sciences, Casablanca), Jonathan Laurence (Boston College).

Scientific Coordination of the Summer School:

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