Constitutions and Cultural Pluralism How Can Legal Frameworks Foster Tolerance and Peace in Multireligious Societies? Cases from the Middle East

December 3, 2013
10:00 am

Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations, the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life
and the Center for Democracy, Toleration and Religion (Columbia University)
are pleased to invite you to the above-mentioned following event.

In the Middle East today, conflicts along religious and ethnic dimensions create situations in which minorities are in great danger. It is important to look at how constitutions and their supporting institutions can protect religious pluralism and toleration in mixed or divided societies. What are the constitutional arrangements that are the most successful in ensuring minority rights? How can constitutions deal with the tensions between individual and communal rights? What can we harness from local social, political and cultural traditions in various Middle East and North African cultures to aid the development of constitutions that promote pluralism?


10:00 am:
Opening Remarks by Karen Barkey and Giancarlo Bosetti

10:15-11:30 am:
Chair: Nina zu Fürstenberg
10:15 Keynote by Asli Bali
10:30 Responses by Seyla Benhabib, Marc Lynch
11:15 Audience questions

11:30 – 12:00 Break

12:00 – 2:00 pm:
Chair: Karen Barkey
12:00 Keynote by Abdullahi An-Na’im
12:30 Responses by Jean Cohen, Nader Hashemi
1:15Audience questions
1:30 Closing Remarks by Michael Walzer

Abdullahi An’Naim (Emory)
Asli Bali (UCLA)
Jean Cohen (Columbia)
Marc Lynch (GWU)
Karen Barkey (Columbia)
Seyla Benhabib (Yale)
Giancarlo Bosetti (Reset-DoC)
Nader Hashemi (University of Denver)
Michael Walzer (Princeton)
Nina zu Fürstenberg (Reset-DoC)

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life, RESET – Dialogues On Civilizations, and the Center for Democracy, Toleration, and Religion.

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