Muslim Perspectives on Peacebuilding Conference

The Center’s first international conference, Muslim Perspectives on Peacebuilding will take place on October 12 – 13, 2012 in Claremont, California.  It brings together extraordinary Muslim scholars and practitioners, and scholars from diverse faith traditions and ethical approaches. Participants from all over the world will gather to exchange peacebuilding proposals. Topics include: reducing domestic violence, engaging across generations, handling interfaith conflicts when building masjids, using the arts in dialogue, developing peace studies programs, and the spiritual dimensions of peacebuilding.

The Opening Plenary will be a panel with the President of the Islamic Society of North America, Imam Mohamed Magid, whom Huffington Post calls a “forerunner” for his cutting edge interreligious work; Rabbi David Saperstein, whom Newsweek named “the most influential Rabbi in America;” USC’s Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni, the first Hindu in history to serve in such a role; and Claremont Lincoln Provost Philip Clayton, an international leader in the dialogue between science and religion and author of more than 18 books. Najeeba Syeed-Miller, professor of Interreligious Education at Claremont Lincoln, founder of the Center for Global Peacebuilding, and nationally renowned scholar and activist in conflict resolution, will moderate the panel.

Muslim Perspectives on Peacebuilding will be a groundbreaking meeting of minds and practices; collaboration at its best,” says Imam Magid. “It is a necessary dialogue not only for our particular community, but also for all those who wish to understand the nature of conflict and build lasting peace.  I am looking forward to both the conference and what arises in its wake.”

Other speakers include:

  • Leading Islamic business ethicist Rafik Beekun
  • Muslim family conflict resolution experts Dr. Aneesah Nadir and Dr. Shamim Ibrahim and Dr. Idrisa Pandit
  • Salma Elkadi Abugideiri, Co-Director of the Peaceful Families Project speaking on domestic violence
  • Imams Rushdan Mujahid-Deen and Tariq Aquil
  • Muslim architect Maryam Eskandari, speaking on masjid (mosque) design and problem solving
  • Amitabh Pal, managing editor of The Progressive and author of Islam Means Peace
  • Diplomacy and conflict resolution expert Joseph Montville
  • Dean of USC’s Office of Religious Life Dr. Varun Soni
  • Conflict resolution experts, education leaders, and authors will also be presenting

Registration is now closed, but there are still free tickets available for the Opening Plenary. See below for details.

The conference is sponsored by: Claremont Lincoln University, the University of Southern California’s Office of Religious Life, the Islamic Society of North America, and the Center for Global Peacebuilding at Claremont Lincoln University.  Local hosts are South Coast Interfaith Council and I Am Jerusalem.

Download Conference Program & Speaker Bios [pdf]

We are no longer taking registrations for the conference because it is now full. If you would like to attend the Opening Plenary only, however, extra tickets are still available on a first-come, first-served basis by emailing:, with the words  ”Opening Plenary” in the subject and email, the number of tickets you’d like, and your name. The tickets are free, but you must either have a ticket or be registered to attend.

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