1. Abdulaziz Sachedina - "End of Life Decisions: Culture and Tradition in Islam"

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    In the first lecture of the Ali Vural Ak Center's Spring 2013 Lecture Series on Islamic Ethics, Dr. Abdulaziz Sachedina, IIIT Chair in Islamic Studies at George Mason University, makes the case for an Islamic approach to biomedical ethics. Outlining the challenges and shortcomings of modern daily life, Sachedina describes how pain, suffering, and illness are experienced by all people regardless of their religious beliefs. He then presents a number of Islam's spiritual insights on these experiences and on physical health more generally. However, as the controversy surrounding biomedical ethics has essentially made the issue a near-taboo subject among Muslims, Sachedina explains, there is indeed a way to reconcile traditional thinking and the challenging decisions we face in modern life. Sachedina, whose career spans over three decades of scholarly work, is a major figure in contemporary Islamic thought. His pioneering excavations of classical Islamic sources in relation to major contemporary themes such as democracy, human rights, and biomedical ethics have established him as a scholar of truly international standing. He is the author of several books including "The Islamic Roots of Democratic Pluralism", "Islam and the Challenge of Human Rights", and "Islamic Biomedical Ethics". He has also written numerous entries for the Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World and The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, and has published hundreds of articles, book chapters, and book reviews in several languages. Recorded on February 20, 2013

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    • Abdulaziz Sachedina - "The Future of Pluralism in Iraq"

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      Prof. Sachedina reflects on his recent visit to Iraq and his conversations with religious leaders in the country to shed light on the sectarian divisions within Iraqi politics. Professor Abdulaziz Sachedina is the Chair in Islamic Studies at George Mason University, endowed by the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). His distinguished career spans more than two decades of research in the fields of Islamic law, ethics, and theology. In the past 10 years, his research has concentrated on social and political ethics, including interfaith and intrafaith relations, Islamic biomedical ethics, and human rights in Islam. He is routinely cited as being one of the most influential Muslim thinkers alive today, and is the author of, among many other titles, Islam and the Challenge of Human Rights, and The Islamic Roots of Democratic Pluralism. Recorded on Sept. 25, 2014

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      • Ahmed El Shamsy - "Islamic Law in Social Context: The Case of Early Islamic Egypt"

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        The relationship between societies and their laws is complex. Legal doctrines do not develop in a vacuum: they emerge in particular historical circumstances and appeal to particular social constituencies for a range of different reasons. The fortunes of the doctrines’ adherents, in turn, have a decisive influence on the trajectory of legal discourse and scholarship. This lecture draws out these interconnections between the realms of law, society, and politics in the case of ninth-century Egypt in order to show that the history of law is not peripheral to or divorced from the “real history” of sociopolitical processes. Rather, legal discourses and debates went to the very heart of people’s perceptions of themselves and others, and were central to their understanding of what it meant to be Arab, or Muslim, or Egyptian. As a consequence, legal doctrines and developments not only reflected but profoundly shaped the evolution of Egyptian society and culture. Ahmed El Shamsy is an Assistant Professor of Islamic Thought at the University of Chicago. He studies the intellectual history of Islam, focusing on Islamic law and theology, cultures of orality and literacy, and classical Islamic education. He is particularly interested in the changing ways that religious authority has been constructed and interpreted in the Muslim tradition. His first book, The Canonization of Islamic Law: A Social and Intellectual History, traces the transformation of Islamic law from a primarily oral tradition to a systematic written discipline. He is now at work on his second book, a study of the reinvention of the Islamic scholarly tradition and its textual canon via the printing press in the early twentieth century. Recorded on Nov. 20, 2014

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        • AIC Before and After 2010

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          • American Quran

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            The discussion session with artist Sandow Birk will focus on his ongoing American Quran project, which aims to hand-transcribe the entire Qur’an according to historic Islamic traditions and to illuminate the text with relevant scenes from contemporary American life. Five years in the making, the project has been inspired by a decade of extended travel in Islamic regions of the world and undertaken after extensive research. Featuring an audiovisual demonstration of his artwork, the session that will focus on how Mr. Birk has chosen to work on this topic, what kind of challenges and support he has encountered, and how the project is received by different audiences in and outside the United States. Qamar Adamjee, Associate Curator of South Asian Art at San Francisco Asian Art Museum, will moderate the session. The event is free and open to the public, and it is co-sponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center and the Cantor Arts Center.

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            • Aminah McCloud: "African-American Muslim Leadership"

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              Dr. Aminah Mcloud on "African-American Muslim Leadership" at the Fourth Annual Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Conference entitled "Expressions of Islam in Contemporary African American Communities," Harvard University, April 7-8, 2012. Dr. Aminah McCloud is the Director of the Islamic World Studies Program and professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at DePaul University. Since 2006 she has directed the nation’s only undergraduate baccalaureate program in Islamic World Studies.

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              • Amir Sulaiman: "From Rumi to Rakim"

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                Amir Sulaiman delivers a reading of his poetry at the Fourth Annual Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Conference entitled "Expressions of Islam in Contemporary African American Communities," Harvard University, April 7-8, 2012. Amir Sulaiman is an accomplished poet, activist, recording artist and a two time HBO Def Poet. Russell Simmons refers to Amir as “blessed” and Abi Odun of The Last Poets calls Amir “the voice of this generation”. The ACLU, Amnesty International and Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Coalition are just a few of the national organizations that have used Amir’s poetry and voice to bring life to multiple social justice and art campaigns.

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                • Animal Rights & Animal Welfare: Prospects and Challenges

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                  Prof. Paul Waldau speaks on the panel, "Animal Rights & Animal Welfare: Prospects and Challenges," as part of the Fifth Annual Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Conference at Harvard University, held on April 5-6, 2013. The theme of the conference is "Communities Like You: Animals and Islam." To learn more, visit: islamicstudies.harvard.edu/conferences/ Paul Waldau is an educator and scholar working at the intersection of animal studies, law, ethics, religion, and cultural studies. He is an Associate Professor at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, where he is the Senior Faculty for the Master of Science graduate program in Anthrozoology. Paul will again serve as the Barker Visiting Associate Professor on Animal Law at Harvard Law School in 2014, where he has taught the “Animal Law” course since 2002. The former Director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Paul taught veterinary ethics and public policy courses for more than a decade. He has a Doctor of Philosophy degree from University of Oxford, a Juris Doctor degree from UCLA Law School, and a Master of Arts degree from Stanford University in Religious Studies. Paul has completed five books, the most recent of which are Animal Studies—An Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2013) and Animal Rights (Oxford University Press, 2011). He is also co-editor of A Communion of Subjects: Animals in Religion, Science, and Ethics (Columbia University Press, 2006).

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                  • Animals for People and People for Animals: Animals in the medieval and early modern Islamicate sciences

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                    Prof. Ahmed Ragab presents "Animals for People and People for Animals: Animals in the medieval and early modern Islamicate sciences" as part of the Fifth Annual Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Conference at Harvard University, held on April 5-6, 2013. The theme of the conference is "Communities Like You: Animals and Islam." To learn more, visit: islamicstudies.harvard.edu/conferences/. Ahmed Ragab is a physician, historian, and scholar of the medieval and modern Middle East, with a medical degree from Cairo University and a doctorate in the history and philosophy of science from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris. Ragab’s work includes the history and development of medieval Islamic sciences, the relationship between science and religion in the medieval and modern Middle East, the history of medieval Islamic hospitals, and the intellectual and cultural history of women in the region. He is currently completing two book projects: A Biography of a Hospital: Medicine, Religion and Charity in the Medieval Middle East, and In the Name of God the Healer: Prophetic Medicine in the Medieval and Modern Middle East. Ragab is also working on a research project on perceptions of bodies, genders, and sexualities in medical, religious, and cultural views in the Islamic world.

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                    • Animals Rights & Animal Welfare: Prospects and Challenges

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                      Nadeem Haque speaks on the panel, "Animal Rights & Animal Welfare: Prospects and Challenges," as part of the Fifth Annual Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Conference at Harvard University, held on April 5-6, 2013. The theme of the conference is "Communities Like You: Animals and Islam." To learn more, visit: islamicstudies.harvard.edu/conferences/ Nadeem Haque is a researcher and author interested in Animal Rights and Ecology and History of Science. His books include the series From Microbits to Everything; From Facts to Values: Certainty, Order, Balance and their Universal Implications; and philosophical fiction. Mr. Haque is the grandson of the late Al-Hafiz B.A. Masri, who is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the theology of animals and Islam and an ardent animal welfare activist. Besides his academic research and interests, Mr. Haque is a registered professional engineer (civil/structural and environmental) and currently the V.P. of Engineering Services at an engineering firm in Ontario.

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