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7th Annual Wasatiyyah Symposium

International Peace College South Africa (IPSA) in association with Afro-Middle East Centre (AMEC) will be hosting its 7th Annual Wasatiyyah Symposium on Saturday 20 May 2017 at the Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town, 08h30-16h30. The theme for this year’s event is titled ISIS in South Africa? Measuring its Scope and Mitigating its Influence.

The theme for this year’s event is titled ISIS in South Africa? Measuring its Scope and Mitigating its Influence. Some of the speakers include: Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool (World for All); Shaykh Seraj Hendricks (IPSA); Na’eem Jeenah (AMEC); Dr Rashied Omar (CMRM); Khadija Patel (Mail and Guardian); Ml Sulaimaan Ravat (Radio Islam); Karen Jayes (CAGE AFRICA); Prof Ebrahim Arnold (IPSA); Dr Andrea Brigaglia (UCT); Raeesah Cachalia (ISS); Advocate AB Mohamed and a government representative.

The IPSA-AMEC symposium seeks to examine the presence of aspects of ISIS’s political theology in South Africa and to propose ways of mitigating its destructive potential. The symposium will be divided into six broad themes: Contemporary Forms of Extremisms; Why a Research Agenda Tracking Muslim Extremism? Moderating Media Hysteria, Identifying Root Causes & Mitigating the Effects; ISIS and Media Coverage in South Africa; ISIS: Perspectives from the `Ulama’; ISIS: Perspectives from Muslim Organizations, and ISIS: Perspectives from Government.

The Symposium will bring together some of the leading Muslim scholars, policy makers, political commentators, government officials, and journalists in South Africa to dissect the phenomenon and propose ways of mitigating ISIS’s political theology locally. One of the outcomes of the symposium will be the publication of an edited volume. The papers and findings of the symposium will be published and will be made widely available. The value of the publication will be its contribution to the enrichment of the understanding, for scholars, Muslim leaders, and policy and decision makers, of the phenomenon of Muslim extremism in South Africa and elsewhere in the world.

The annual Wasatiyyah symposium is IPSA’s flagship event that reflects its “middle-way” educational philosophy. This year the event is being hosted in conjunction with the Spice Mecca Ramadan Expo, in doing so it aims to open up the discursive space beyond academia by engaging the broader public on this critical issue of combatting Muslim extremism.

The symposium is free and open to the public, however, RSVP is essential as seating is limited. RSVP to npatel@ipsa-edu.org to secure your symposium e-ticket.

“Studying at IPSA has been a truly enlightening experience. It has enhanced my understanding of the Deen and enriched the way I live and practice Islam. I would recommend IPSA to anyone who wishes to connect with Allah (SWT) with understanding and an increased sense of sincerity to toward Him. IPSA’s ethos cultivates respect, unity within diversity and living Islam according to the middle-way.”

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