Islam and the Role of Intellect


On September 28-29, 2016, ICMES co-sponsored a conference entitled “Islam and the Role of the Intellect,” which was held in Seville, Spain. ICMES organized this conference with the University of Seville and the Three Cultures Foundation, the latter of which hosted the conference. The conference speakers and the titles of their presentations were: Abdullahi An-Na’im, the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law and Senior Fellow of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion of Emory University – “The Intellectual Anchor of Communal Practice of Muslims: Then and Now”; Issam Saliba, an expert on Islamic law at the Law Library of Congress – “Can Sharia Renew its Law?”; Zouhair Louassini, writer and journalist at RAI News – “Interviewing Some Arab Intellectuals on the Role of Islam Today”; and Ziauddin Sardar, journalist and writer, Chair of the Muslim Institute and editor of Critical Muslim – “What Makes a Muslim Intellectual?” Introductory remarks were delivered by Jose Manuel Cervera Gragera, Director of the Three Cultures Foundation; Lola Ferro, General Director of Universities, Regional Government of Andalucia; and Norton Mezvinsky, President of ICMES. The opening speech, titled “Historical Contributions of Islam,” was delivered by widely published historian Professor Emilio Gonzales Ferrin of the University of Seville.

[afternoon session]

[evening session]

conference program page 1
conference program page 2