The Catholic University of America

Summer 2012 Events 

ASAD Education Center’s Special Seminar

American and Saudi Arabian Dialogue (ASAD) Education Center
The George Washington University

June 27-29, 2012

Duques Hall
The George Washington University

The Seminar has three focus areas: law (day 1), religion (day 2) and business (day 3). The seminar program on day 2 (June 28th) might be of special interest to Department of Theology faculty and students.

Professor Robert Eisen of George Washington University, Professor Wilhelmus Valkenberg of the Catholic University and Dr. Fahad Alhomoudi of the Western Studies Institute in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia will present on the interfaith dialogue panel in the morning. Dr. Shireen Hunter of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service (comparative ethics) and Professor Peter Phan of Georgetown University (religious diversity and pluralism) will speak in the afternoon.


There is no registration fee and lunch and refreshments will be served each day. Click here for more information about ASAD Center, seminar program, list of speakers and how to sign up.

"The Role of Religious Law in America: Interfaith Perspectives on Islam, Shari'ah, and the U.S."

Islamic Society of North America

Monday, July 16, 2012
7:30-9:00 PM

National City Christian Church

American Muslims currently experience the fastest growing rate of religious discrimination in the United States. This growth is paralleled by scrutiny of Islamic law (Shari’ah), Islamic practices and lifestyle.

What does Shari’ah mean for American Muslims, and what does it have to do with religious freedom?

What do these questions mean for Christian and Jewish communities in the United States?

Join us on July 16th in Washington, DC, for a town hall discussion on American Muslims, Shari’ah and religious freedom. During the event, four expert leaders from the country’s three largest faith traditions will speak and take questions from audience members. Participants will be encouraged to ask candid questions about Islam in the US.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Aziza Al Hibri, Founder, KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights
  • Imam Mohamed Magid, Imam, All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center and President, Islamic Society of North America
  • Rabbi David Saperstein, Director and Counsel, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
  • Dean Robert Destro, Professor of Law in the School of Law at the Catholic University of America, and director and founder of the Interdisciplinary Program in Law and Religion at Catholic University of America