MPAC Hosts Panel at "Extremism and Moderation" Conference

November 2, 2013

On Saturday, Nov. 2, MPAC's Dr. Maher Hathout, Haris Tarin and Dr. Nayyer Ali will speak at at the Islamic Center of Southern California's (ICSC) conference "Islamic Perspectives on Extremism and Moderation." 

The contemporary extreme Islamic ideology can be traced back to the Wahhabi movement in Central Arabia in the mid 18th century. It aimed to purge Islam from foreign influences and to restore it to its pristine status of the mid 7th century. This retrospective approach relied on a literal interpretation of the Quran and Sunnah. This movement ignored the unprecedented socioeconomic changes taking place outside Arabia and looked at the world as Muslims and Infidels. It considered Islamic law (shariah) as God’s divine and exact mandate, with no room for interpretation (Ijtihad).  This puritanical orthodoxy was confined to Saudi Arabia until the mid 20th century.

In spite of Quran advocating moderation, extremism is prevalent across the world. The ICSC Fourth Annual Conference on Contemporary Islamic Thought will address the roots of Islamic extremism and draw a road map to a moderate and balanced way of life that respects human rights and advocate justice and the common good.

The ICSC Fourth Annual Conference on Contemporary Islamic Thought
"Islamic Perspectives on Extremism and Moderation"

Saturday, Nov. 2

Dr. Nayyer Ali, Chair of MPAC's Board of Directors
Dr. Maher Hathout, MPAC's Senior Adviser
Haris Tarin, Director of MPAC's Wasington, DC, Office
& other prominent scholars and advocates 

Islamic Center of Southern California
434 S. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90020  


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