PUBLIC LECTURE: CMSS Annual Iftar (Breaking of the Fast) and Public Lecture
|CMSS Annual Iftar (Breaking of the Fast) and Public Lecture
Please join us for Annual Iftar (Breaking of the Fast) Event to celebrate Ramadan 2017.
The Centre for Muslim States and Societies, UWA, holds this event annually to promote inter-religious harmony and increase understanding of Islam in a globalised world.
Professor Abdullah Saeed, The University of Melbourne, will speak on A Contextualist Approach to Interpreting Qur'an in order to highlight the significance of reformist thought in Islam. He will demonstrate how such a reading is rooted in the Islamic tradition by giving examples of precedents that might be connected to this approach. He will also respond to the criticism that a contextualist reading of the Qur'an is relativistic by arguing that there are many ways in which possible relativistic tendencies can be curtailed in such a reading.
Abdullah Saeed is currently the Sultan of Oman Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies and Director of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is a
Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities and a member of the UNESCO Commission of Australia of the Department of Foreign Affairs of Australia. He was awarded Order of Australia (AM) in 2013. Among his publications are: Reading the Qur'an in the Twenty-First Century (2014); Islam and Human Rights (edited, 2012), Islamic Political Thought and Governance (edited, 2011); The Qur'an: An Introduction (2008); Interpreting the Qur'an: Towards a Contemporary Approach (2006), Islamic
Banking and Interest (1999); Islam in Australia (2003); Freedom of Religion, Apostasy and Islam (co-authored, 2004).
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