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From the Divine to the Human:
New Perspectives on Evil, Suffering, and the Global Pandemic

Location

University of Cincinnati (via Zoom)

Dates

Tuesday, 28 June - Thursday, 30 June 2022

The Conference

This conference seeks to reinvigorate the study of the global philosophy of religion by utilizing the rich and unique resources of the Islamic intellectual tradition as well as contemporary Muslim philosophers’ creative engagements with these materials. The importance of this project, evil and suffering in the world, is all-the-more meaningful in today’s world, plagued as it is by the worst pandemic ever witnessed by humanity. Rather than taking up the question of evil and suffering by walking down well-trodden paths in philosophy of religion which often address the problematic by focusing on divine attributes and the God-world relationship, this project offers another path of inquiry, namely by focusing on human vulnerability and resilience. 

To accomplish our goals, we will seek to convene a three-day, virtual conference with contributions from a diverse range of contemporary Muslim philosophers. In tandem with the conference, an edited volume will bring together the conference findings, thereby widening the project’s already very significant sphere of influence. The conference also seeks to represent the geographic expanse of the Islamic world by inviting scholars whose research foci take in traditionally neglected regions of the Islamic world, such as West Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.

Keynote Speaker
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Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr

The George Washington University

Keynote Speaker

Presenters
Muhammad U. Faruque

Muhammad U. Faruque

University of Cincinnati

(Lead Organizer)

Cyrus Ali Zargar

Cyrus Ali Zargar

University of Central Florida

Özgür Koca

Özgür Koca

Bayan Islamic Graduate School

Mukhtar H. Ali

Mukhtar H. Ali

University of Illinois

Ailya Vajid

Ailya Vajid

Independent Scholar

Sayeh Meisami

Sayeh Meisami

University of Dayton

Rustom and Faruque

Rustom and Faruque

Mohammed Rustom

Mohammed Rustom

Carleton University

(Lead Organizer)

Hina Khalid

Hina Khalid

University of Cambridge

Oludamini Ogunanike

Oludamini Ogunanike

University of Virginia

Nicholas Boylston

Nicholas Boylston

Seattle University

Justin Cancelliere

Justin Cancelliere

Independent Scholar

Taraneh R. Wilkinson

Taraneh R. Wilkinson

University of Cincinnati

Sara Aziz

Sara Aziz

Harvard University

Khalil Andani

Khalil Andani

Augustana College

Atif Khalil

Atif Khalil

University of Lethbridge

Amer Latif

Amer Latif

Emerson College

Rosabel Ansari

Rosabel Ansari

Stony Brook University

Mohammad A. Mansouri

Mohammad A. Mansouri

University of Toronto

Organizing Institutions

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Our Sponsors

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Contact Us

Please contact us at farukia001@gmail.com if you have any questions regarding the conference.