Islam and Modernity


ICMES and the Tres Culturas Fundación (Three Cultures of the Mediterranean Foundation), with the collaboration of the Association Essaouira Mogador, will convene on September 14, 2017 at the headquarters of the Association Essaouira Mogador in Essaouira, Morocco, to analyze the relationship between Islam and modernity. The colloquium will be composed of two sessions, each of which will be comprised of a presenter and a respondent and will be followed by a corresponding round of debate. Among the issues to be discussed are the question of Islamic revival; the status and place of women in Islam; the challenges presented by a dual legal system; and the relationship between Islam and secular societies in the 21st century. Presenters will include Dr. Norton Mezvinsky, President of ICMES; Issam Saliba, expert on Islamic law at the U.S. Library of Congress (also of ICMES); Dr. Asma Lamrabet, Director of the Studies and Research Center on Women’s Issues in Islam of Rabita Mohammadia des Ulemas in Rabat; Dr. Gloria Morán, Distinguished Professor of Comparative Law, Religion and Public Policy in the Faculty of Law at the Universidade da Coruña (also of ICMES); and Rachid Benzine, Islamologist and lecturer at the Protestant Theological Institute of Paris.