Western hosts international scholars and speakers at Islam and Democracy conference

Outspoken journalist and author Hadani Ditmars (https://www.hadaniditmars.com/) and Chair of Huron University College’s Islamic Studies Program Ingrid Mattson headline an internationally renowned collection of keynote speakers scheduled to appear at the Islam and Democracy Conference, hosted by Western University from Friday, March 23th to Sunday, March 25th.

The interdisciplinary conference is designed to generate, through intellectual exchange, a set of core principles suited to democratic constitutions in Muslim-majority states. In plenary panels, presentations, and personal conversations, conference organizers have assembled many of the world’s leading thinkers and emerging young scholars to work on the relationship between Islam, constitutional law, political theory, and democratic practices.

“As our fellow humans in parts of the Islamic world boldly demonstrate for their personal rights and freedoms, we hope that this conference will increase their determination by providing a body of academic material to assist in the development of democratic infrastructure,” says Nawaz Tahir, a London-based lawyer at Harrison Pensa LLP and one of the conference organizers.

“We hope that this conference provides a body of academic work that will inspire and encourage the development of a democratic infrastructure in Muslim majority countries,” says Paul Nesbitt-Larking, a political sciences professor at Huron University College and conference co-organizer.

Keynote speakers include Ditmars, Mattson, author and leading Middle East expert Nader Hashemi and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal-winning journalist Haroon Siddiqui.

For more information and conference schedules, please visit https://history.uwo.ca/events/islamdemocracy/index.html or email conference organizers at islam-democracyhist@uwo.ca

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