Friends for a Non-Violent World, the University of St. Thomas Muslim Christian Dialogue Center and its Justice and Peace Studies Department invite you to a timely conference: Ways of Peace II: Nonviolence in the Islamic Traditions, on April 9, 2011, 9:30am – 6:30pm at the University of St Thomas, OEC Auditorium.
The current demonstrations in Egypt, and recently in Tunisia, Yemen and Jordan, point to an exciting trend: People in Muslim-majority countries peacefully seeking less-oppressive societies. As Afra Jalabi, Canadian scholar, activist and conference speaker, said of the demonstrations, “A nonviolent giant is waking up the world over…”
Ways of Peace II: Nonviolence in the Islamic Traditions aims to address misperceptions and anti-Muslim sentiment, support civil rights of all individuals, and promote peace-based traditions in Muslim communities and countries. We believe this is crucial for increasing understanding, promoting peace and resolving local and global conflicts in the 21st century.
We have lined up a diverse group of experts from Minnesota, Turkey, Canada and the U.S. The conference will mark the regional premier of Badshah Khan: The Frontier Gandhi, a new film about this little-known Islamic leader, who assembled 100,000 Muslims in pre-partition India to work in the nonviolent movement for independence from Britain.
Ways of Peace II is the second conference in a series, organized by Friends for A Non-Violent World (FNVW), to explore the roots, history and practice of nonviolence in various faith and secular traditions. On October 31, 2009, Ways of Peace I brought together scholars like June and Walter Wink with activists like Kathy Kelly to explore nonviolence in the Christian tradition. [See video footage of Ways of Peace I at www.fnvw.org]
Please contact Erika Thorn for more information. 651-917-0383 and go to the website at www.fnvw.org