Conflicts between Religious Identities and Individual Liberties: The Colonial Empire’s Complex Legacy in the Middle East – WOCMES – Seville, Spain, July 2018

 

On July 19, 2018, ICMES Board member, Gloria Morán, will chair a panel session entitled “Identities and Individual Liberties: The Colonial Empire’s Complex Legacy in the Middle East,” at the 2018 World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES), to be held in Seville, Spain on July 16-22, 2018. The panel will focus on the ossification of Shari’a and the simplification of plural juridical systems under European colonial rule in the Middle Eastern nation-states. Participating on the panel will be ICMES Secretary, Issam Saliba, who will speak on “The Relationship between Religious Belief and Personal Liberty in Islamic Traditions”; Robert Destra (Catholic University of America), who will focus on “Abrahamic Dialogue in a Time of Conflict: Interfaith Collaboration as a means of Predicting and Preventing Genocide”; Kristina Arriaga (U.S. International Religious Commission), who will present on “Patriarchal Communal Religious Groups and the Rights of Women: Legal Challenges”; and Alaa Ebrahim, whose talk will concern “Sharia and Civil Law in Syria: Contradictions and Paradoxes in Time of War.” [read more]