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Faith and Forced Migration: Muslim Humanitarianism in the Age of ISIS

April 20, 2017 at 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Join LAMP for a lecture by Dr. Abbas Barzegar, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Co-Director of the Civic Approaches to Conflict Resolution initiative at Georgia State University. Prolonged conflict in the Middle East stemming from political instability and the rise of extremist violence has positioned Muslim aid and development organizations at the nexus of a number of key elements related to conflict resolution and post-conflict stabilization in the short, medium and long terms. As first-responders with broad and deep grass-roots networks, Muslim humanitarian groups are uniquely situated to provide relief to the most vulnerable victims of war and forced migration. Unfortunately, there is a deep mistrust between Muslim NGOs and those based in Western contexts. In partnership with the British Council and The European Commission and through field research, policy dialogues, and organizational research, Dr. Barzegar has explored the reasons behind this impasse and trajectories for resolution over the last two years. In this public talk and discussion, he will share his findings and insights on how Muslim humanitarian and development agencies are operating in the current political climate of mutual fear and suspicion. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Co-sponsored with Emory University’s Middle East and South Asian Studies Department, Graduate Division of Religion, and the Laney Legacy for Moral Leadership Program at Candler School of Theology. Visitor parking is available in the Peavine Parking Lot, 29 Eagle Row, Atlanta, GA 30322.


April 20, 2017
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Emory University – White Hall 205
201 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322 United States