British Muslims for Secular Democracy – Muslims for Progressive Values – Danish Institute: Let’s Talk (and Walking the Walk)
Let’s Talk (and Walking the Walk) screened the documentary “Ijtihad: Nine Muslims with Progressive Values”, directed by Nancy Graham Holm of the Danish School of Media, in Washington, DC and London. These screenings were followed by ‘trialogues’ between policymakers, academics/activists, and members of the general public.
These trialogues took on such topics as Islamic perspectives of secular democracy and navigating between the rights of religious and non-religious groups in secular democracy. The project also produced three short PSA-style humorous videos on civic engagement.
Ijtihad: Feminism and Reform (Facebook event page)
Person Al Islaam – Islam Through My Human Being (blog post)
Capitol Hill Event – Ijtihad: Feminism & Reform (Facebook photo album from event)
City University, London – George Mason University: The Role of Religion in Foreign Policy and Societal Transformation: Bridging Scholarship and Policymaking
This project brought together academics and policymakers in Washington and London, seeking to capitalize on increasing interest from US and UK governments in engaging on issues of religion and religious actors in foreign policy.
One dialogue aimed to bridge the knowledge gap between academics and policymakers on these issues and tackle some of the practical challenges of integrating awareness of religious issues and religious actors into the foreign policymaking process.
The second dialogue followed on from the conclusions of the first and applied to the specific challenges of societal transformation and democratization in diplomacy and development.
Integrating Religious Engagement in Diplomacy: Challenges and Opportunities (paper from Peter Mandaville (George Mason University) and Sara Silvestri (City University London) for the Brookings Institution)
Diplomacy and Religious Engagement: Promise and Pitfalls (audio from a conference call from the Council on Foreign Relations Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative)
Religion & Foreign Policy (review)