INSCT Co-Hosts International Workshop on Islam & Conflict Norms

Saudi_Arabia_Workshop_1214Representatives from the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT) traveled to the Arab Gulf recently to co-host a preparatory workshop toward a future international conference on Islam and the Laws of War, to be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 2015.

“The Role of Shari’a and Islamic Laws of War in Contemporary Conflict” workshop took place at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Dec. 14 and 15, 2014. The workshop was hosted by Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud, Chairman of KFCRIS. Co-hosts of the event, along with INSCT, were two partners in INSCT’s Islam, Law, and War research project: the US Institute of Peace (USIP) and Italy’s International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences (ISISC).

In the face of ongoing conflicts throughout the diverse Muslim world and high-profile misappropriations of Islam by extremist groups, this interdisciplinary, inter-cultural workshop discussed Shari’a traditions and approaches to conflict settings and international conflict norms. Workshop presenters and participants also explored how Shari’a norms intersect with International Humanitarian Law and the challenges posed by postconflict transition and justice (the full agenda can be found below) in the Arab and Muslim worlds and beyond.

Scholarship that framed the workshop includes INSCT’s ongoing work on these topics; “Justice in Postconflict Settings: Islamic Law and Muslim Communities as Stakeholders in Successful Transition” (a white paper by INSCT, ISISC, and USIP); and The Sharia and Islamic Criminal Justice in Time of War and Peace (Cambridge UP, 2014), a new book by Professor Cherif Bassiouni, ISISC President.

The workshop convened Islamic, legal, and social science scholars and thought leaders from around the world, including Sheikh Dr. Shawqi Allam, Grand Mufti of Egypt; HE Sheikh Abdullatif Darian, Grand Mufti of the Lebanese Republic; Dr. Hamid Khan, Senior Program Officer, USIP; Sheikh Dr. Badrul Hasan Qasmi, Vice President, Islamic Fiqh Academy (India); Dr. Abdur-Razzaq Iskander, Chancellor, Islamic University (Pakistan); Iyad Madani, Secretary General, Organization of Islamic Cooperation; and Dr. Robert Gleave, Professor of Arabic Studies, University of Exeter (a full list of participants and guests can be found below).

Opening remarks were delivered by Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud. Professor William C. Banks, Director, and Dr. Corri Zoli, Director of Research, represented INSCT. As a result of progress made during the workshop, an international conference on Islam and the Laws of War is being planned for 2015 in Riyadh, based in part on a commitment of support from both Prince Turki and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Workshop Agenda

Day 1 (Dec 14, 2014)

Opening Remarks

  • Professor Yayha bin Junaid, Secretary-General, KFCRIS
  • Prince Turki, Chairman, KFCRIS
  • Kent Syverud, Chancellor, SU
  • Professor Cherif Bassiouni, President, ISISC
  • Dr. Hamid Khan, Senior Program Officer, USIP

Panel 1: Conflict Norms in Islam and Contemporary Applications

  • Speaker: HE Sheikh Dr. Badrul Hasan Qasmi, Vice President, Islamic Fiqh Academy (India)
  • Discussant : HE Mr. Iyad Madani, Secretary General, Organization of Islamic Cooperation

Panel 2: Postconflict Justice

  • Speaker: Prof. Cherif Bassiouni, ISISC President
  • Discussant : Prof. Hamid Khan, USIP Senior Program Officer

Panel 3: Gulf Leadership on Postconflict Transition

  • Speaker: Dr. Corri Zoli, Director of Research, INSCT

Closing Remarks

  • Sheikh Dr. Shawqi Allam, Grand Mufti of Egypt
  • Sheikh Dr. Abdullah Almutlaq, Member, Council of Senior Scholars

Day 2 (Dec. 15, 2014)

Recap of Day 1

  • Prof. Yayha bin Junaid, Secretary-General, KFCRIS
  • Iyad Madani, Secretary-General, Organization of Islamic Cooperation
  • Dr. Robert Gleave, Professor of Arabic Studies, University of Exeter
  • Dr. Corri Zoli, Director of Research, INSCT

Panel: Agenda of Future Conference, etc.

  • Moderator: Dr. Saud Alsarhan, KFCRIS Research Director

Closing Remarks

  • Prince Turki, Chairman, KFCRIS
  • Professor William C. Banks, Director, INSCT
  • Professor Cherif Bassiouni, President, ISISC
  • Dr. Hamid Khan, Senior Program Officer, USIP

Workshop Participants

Muftis

  • HE Sheikh Dr. Shawqi Allam, Grand Mufti of the Arab Republic of Egypt
  • HE Sheikh Abdullatif Darian, Grand Mufti of the Lebanese Republic

Scholars from Saudi Arabia

  • HE Sheikh Dr. Abdullah Almutlaq, Member, Council of Senior Scholars
  • HE Dr. Abdul-Wahab Abu Sulaiman, Member, Council of Senior Scholars
  • HE Sheikh Dr. Qais bin Mohammed bin Abdullatif Aal Al-Sheikh Mubarak, Council of Senior Scholars
  • Dr. Abdullah Fadaaq, Teacher, Holy Mosque in Makkah
  • Sheikh Abu Abdulrahman bin Aqeel Al-Dhaheri

Scholars from the Muslim World

  • HE Sheikh Dr. Badrul Hasan Qasmi, Vice President, Islamic Fiqh Academy (India)
  • HE Sheikh Dr. Abdur-Razzaq Iskander, Chancellor, Islamic University (Pakistan)
  • HE Dr. Mohammad Yasaf, Secretary-General, Supreme Ulema Council of the Kingdom of Morocco

International Organizations

  • HE Mr. Iyad Madani, Secretary General, Organization of Islamic Cooperation
  • HE Mr. Faisal Bin Abdulrahman Bin Muaammar, Secretary-General, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre

Intercultural Dialogue

  • HE Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Ba Bakr, Secretary General, International Islamic Fiqh Academy

Syracuse University/ISISC/USIP

  • Kent Syverud, Chancellor, SU
  • James O’Connor, Executive Director of Middle East Advancement and External Affairs, SU
  • Charles Merrihew, Vice President, Advancement and External Affairs, SU
  • Professor William C. Banks, Director, INSCT
  • Dr. Corrinne Zoli, Director of Research, INSCT
  • Professor Cherif Bassiouni, President, ISISC
  • Dr. Hamid Khan, Senior Program Officer, USIP

KFCRIS Team

  • Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud, Chairman
  • Dr. Yahya bin Junaid, Secretary-General
  • Princess Maha Alfaisal, Deputy Secretary-General
  • Prince Khaled bin Saud Alfaisal, Director of External Relations and Partnerships
  • Prince Faisal bin Saud bin Abdulmohsen, Director of Cultural Affairs and Public Relations
  • Dr. Saud Al-Sarhan, Research Director