Many are saying that Muslims are parochial, closed-minded, and do not easily fit into multicultural, multifaith societies. Yet a contrary argument can be made that a cosmopolitan ethic is central to Islamic thought and practice.
This is the key proposition to be explored in a fascinating online forum to be chaired by Khairudin Aljunied, Associate Professor in the Department of Malay Studies, National University of Singapore. He will be joined by a distinguished panel of scholars and commentators.
Against the backdrop of violence in Africa and the Middle East, terrorist activity, and the rise of anti-Islamic sentiment in the West, the outlook for Islamic cosmopolitanism is a defining issue of our time.
At its Annual Members Dinner ICV publicly commeded Professor Camilleri for his unstinting service to the organisation over many years.
The dinner was also attneded by State Minister for Finance and Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott, Federal Senator of the Australian Greens Party Richard Di Natale, Grand Mufti of Australia Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed and Former Victorian Governor Sir James Gobbo.
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