Islam and the Practice of Peace

This section of the RPP Series Archive features RPP talks on the topic of Islam and the practice of peace. Along with talks in the RPP Colloquium series, this section includes talks in the Islam and the Practice of Peace Lecture Series, which is sponsored by the Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program at Harvard in collaboration with RPP.

Haji Syed Salman Chishty discusses the Philosophy of Love."The Chishty Philosophy of Love: A Living Tradition of Spiritual Ethics in Service of Humanity"

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Haji Syed Salman Chishty, 26th generation Khadim of Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Chishty, the Gaddi Nashin of the Ajmer Sharif Dargah shrine and center, director and founding member of the Chishty Foundation and Ali S. Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard University, Director, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Program in Islamic Studies at Harvard University. 

Haji Syed Salman Chishty speaks on historical, devotional, social, cultural, and institutional dimensions of the Chishty Sufi tradition and its significance for humanity’s contemporary quest for sustainable peace. As honored at the United Nations in 2012, the Chishty Sufi order has been sharing the message of “Love Toward All, Malice Toward None” in South Asia and around the globe through its legacy of service to the needy and promotion of human unity, tolerance, and harmony. Since its founding in India in the 12th century CE by Sufi saint Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Chishty, the shrine and center has been a place of Peace for people from all backgrounds, regardless of religion, caste, creed, color, region, or nationality, and continues to draw millions of people every year.

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Haji Syed Salman Chishty hosts post film discussion. Post-Film Conversation with Haji Syed Salman Chishty: "Sulh e Kul: Peace to All"

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Haji Syed Salman Chishty, 26th generation Khadim of Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Chishty, the Gaddi Nashin of the Ajmer Sharif Dargah shrine and center, director and founding member of the Chishty Foundation. 

In the Sufi tradition of sohbat (conversational companionship), Haji Syed Salman Chishty speaks to Harvard students after a screening of the award-winning documentary “Sulh e Kul: Peace to All.”  The film won the Best Musical Documentary Award at the International Film Festival of Fiji. The legacy of Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Chishty and the Chishty Sufi order in contributing to the culture and practice of human unity, tolerance, and harmony throughout South Asia was honored at the United Nations in 2012.

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Nathan Funk discusses with RPP Working Group student before his presentation.RPP Colloquium: Making Peace with Islam: Islamic Approaches to Peacemaking

Islam and the Practice of Peace Lecture Series
Thursday, October 15, 2015

Dr. Nathan C. Funk is Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo, in Ontario, Canada. He is the co-author of Islam and Peacemaking in the Middle East, and Peace and Conflict Resolution in Islam: Precept and Practice.

Examining Islamic peace teachings and paradigms within a larger comparative context, Dr. Funk explores both the distinctiveness of Islamic approaches to peacemaking and ways in which Islamic experiences of conflict and peace mirror those of other communities.  Particular attention is given to keynote themes emphasized by Muslim peacebuilders, and to examples of various ways in which Islamic precepts have been applied to support restorative justice, nonviolent social justice advocacy, and interfaith understanding.

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Islam and Peaceful Coexistence: Conflict or Conciliation
Islam and the Practice of Peace Lecture Series
Friday, December 11, 2015

Imam Dr. Muhammad Nurayn Ashafa, Co-Executive Director, Interfaith Mediation Centre, Kaduna, Nigeria.

Formerly a Muslim youth militia leader engaged in violent clashes with Christians in his native Nigeria, Imam Dr. Muhammad Nurayn Ashafa was inspired by religious teachings in Islam to pursue the path of peace. He presents his faith-based approach to promoting intergroup reconciliation and harmony and combating religious extremism and violence as he has been practicing it for two decades in the contemporary Nigerian context. He shares the theology that informs his peace work and the lived practices that characterize his relations as an imam with members of his congregation, Muslims of other orientations, and people of other religions. This lecture is part of the Islam and the Practice of Peace Lecture Series, co-sponsored by the Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program at Harvard in collaboration with RPP.

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Beyond the Headlines: Understanding and Misunderstanding Islam

Islam and the Practice of Peace Lecture Series
Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Ali S. Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard University, Director, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Program in Islamic Studies at Harvard University and Jeff Seul, Lecturer on the Practice of Peace, Harvard Divinity School, Chairman, Peace Appeal Foundation, Partner, Holland & Knight.

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RPP Colloquium Event: "Islam, Tradition, and Resources for Nonviolent Conflict Transformation"

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Islamic tradition and Muslim communities have rich and long legacies of teachings, practices, and precedents for prioritizing nonviolent approaches to conflict transformation.  Join us as two leading scholar-practitioners discuss theological, spiritual, and practical resources for peace in Islamic scripture and tradition, historical cases, and implications for our contemporary world. 

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