Rethinking Human Rights and Islam
A conversation with:

Dr. Hisham A. Hellyer
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council
Dr. Dalia Fahmy
Associate Professor of Political Science
Long Island University
Dr. Mohammad Fadel
Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair, Law & Economics of Islamic Law
University of Toronto
Dr. Peter Mandaville
Professor of International Affairs; Nonresident Senior Fellow
George Mason University; Brookings Institution
Moderated by:
Mr. Abdul-Rehman Malik
Associate on Middle East Studies, Coordinator of the Muslim Social Justice Leadership Lab at the Dwight Hall Center for Social Justice
Yale University

Please join the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East for the launch of a new report, "The Islamic Tradition, Human Rights Discourse & Muslim Communities," and a wide-ranging discussion of human rights issues facing Muslim communities around the world.

From the niqab ban in Denmark, to de-facto bans on freedom of expression in some Muslim majority countries, to the so-called Muslim Ban in the United States, Muslim communities around the world are faced with numerous challenges to human rights and attacks on personal freedoms. Still, contemporary conversations on Islam often question the compatibility of Islamic and Western values. Today, with millions of Muslims on the receiving end of numerous human rights violations at the hands of both Muslim majority and non-Muslim states, the current discourse is proving to be outdated and restrictive. 
With generous support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Atlantic Council Nonresident Senior Fellow Dr. H.A. Hellyer engaged dozens of scholars, grassroots activists, and religious leaders on four continents on issues surrounding the human rights discourse and Muslim communities worldwide. The content of these critical engagements is captured in the new report: "The Islamic Tradition, Human Rights Discourse & Muslim Communities."

To examine the issues addressed in the report, the Atlantic Council will bring together a panel of experts to discuss and offer their own perspectives on rethinking the dominant narrative on human rights and Islam. 

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