Peace conference to explore role of religion in peacemaking

Muslim legal scholar and Kurdish activist are featured speakers at Kennesaw State

Georgia (Mar 25, 2009) — Peace conference to explore role of religion in peacemaking

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Peace conference to explore role of religion in peacemaking
Muslim legal scholar and Kurdish activist are featured speakers at Kennesaw State

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (March 25‚ 2009)
— Abdullahi Ahmed An−Na’im‚ the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory University‚ and Kani Xulam‚ a Kurdish activist‚ are the featured speakers at the Fifth Annual Peace Conference on Friday‚ March 27‚ at Kennesaw State University.

This year’s conference examines the role of religion in the peace−making process. The conference features discussions of the religious dimensions of the Israeli−Palestinian conflict; the plight of Iran’s Ayatollah Boroujerdi‚ and the Christian−Muslim divide. Interactive workshops on meditation and interfaith conflict resolution also are scheduled. The public is invited with $30 registration at Media are welcome to cover the event.

Abdullahi Ahmed An−Na’im‚ author of “Secular State: Negotiating the future of Shari`a‚” “African Constitutionalism and the Contingent Role of Islam‚” and “Toward an Islamic Reformation: Civil Liberties‚ Human Rights and International Law‚” is an internationally recognized scholar of Islam and human rights.
Kani Xulam is a non−violent political activist who has held fasts and vigils lasting several months to bring attention to the plight of the Kurds and Kurdistan. His work was featured in the recent documentary “Good Kurds‚ Bad Kurds: No Friends but the Mountains.” He is founder and director of the Kurdish Information Network in Washington‚ D.C.

When and Where:
8:30 a.m. −5:30 p.m. Friday‚ March 27. All sessions will be held in the Social Sciences Bldg. at Kennesaw State‚ located at 1000 Chastain Road in Kennesaw‚ Ga.‚ 30144. Parking is available in the West Deck. An−Na’im will speak at 9 a.m. and Xulam at 3:45 p.m.‚ both in Room 1021. For more information‚ contact Susan Raines at or by phone at 770−423−6081


Kennesaw State University is the third−largest university in Georgia‚ offering more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including new doctorates in education and business. A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21‚000 from 142 countries.


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