Summer School "Islam and Democracy"

11. - 15 June 2019

The Summer School is organized by the Seminar für Evangelische Theologie/Abteilung Dialog der Religionen, in collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Centre for European Studies (ICES) and the International Center. This year the specific topic of the Summer School will be: "Islam and Democracy".  It will bring together some of the most prominent lecturers and academics in the field of religion, reconciliation, and political science.  

It is not uncommon to argue that there is an almost unresolvable contradiction between Islam as a religion and democratic principles. The history of Islam shows that Muslims have usually pragmatically determined the relationship between state and politics, although political rule has mostly sought to derive their basic legitimacy from religion. There have been periods of very close links between politics and religion - for example, in the early days of the Islamic community in Medina - and also those in which a de facto separation prevailed, with religion often being instrumentalized for political purposes. In the opinion of most Muslims in Germany, Islam is compatible with democracy, because the Koran does not develop a theory of politics and government.  Issues as such will be discussed from the perspective of different disciplines with a range of internationally known scholars and students from our partner universities in Palestine.


17:30                                  City Tour
18:30                        Dinner for arriving participants from Palestine


Pick up from hotel to the summer school venue                                         
09:30 – 10:00Welcome to the summer school
10:00 – 11:15    

Introductory note by Dr. Jan Völkel, Arnold Bergstraesser Institute, University of Freiburg 

Response by Prof. Dr. Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi, Director, Wasatia Graduate Academic Institute, Jerusalem.
11:15 – 11:45Coffee break
11:45 – 13:00

1st Session: Introduction to Islam

Dr. Loay Ghazawi, Hebron University

Response by Prof. Dr. Ralf K. Wüstenberg, EUF
13:00 – 14:15Lunch break
14:15 – 16:00

2nd Session: International law, democracy and civil Islam

Dr. Arhan Kardasch, FORUM DIALOG, Berlin: "Civil Islam and Secular Democratic State"

Dr. Gerd Hankel, Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung: "The notion of Democracy in International law"

16:00 –16:30Coffee break
16:30 (sharp)Transport to European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI), Schiffbrücke 12, Flensburg
17:00Gathering in the ECMI – Introduction to the Centre

Keynote public lecture by Prof. Dr. Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi, Director, Wasatia Graduate Academic Institute, Jerusalem:

"The relation between Islam and Democracy: Where do they meet and where do they clash?"
9:00                              Pick up from hotel to the summer school venue
9:30 – 11:00

3rd Session: Political Islam and Social Change

Dr. Amjad Abu El Ezz, An-Najah University, Nablus:

"Hamas perspective on the peace process in the Middle East"
11:00 – 11:30Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00

4th Session: Living Together in Pluralistic Societies

Prof. Dr. David Schweikard, EUF: "The Paradox of "Tolerance and Solidarity"

Response by Prof Dr. Zaki Saleh, Arab American University, Ramallah

13:00 – 14:00Lunch break
14:00 – 15:30

5th Session: Islam and Democracy – Between Theory and Practice

Dr. Samir Suleiman, Hebron University

Response by Suat Alper Orhan, EUF
15.30 – 16.00Coffee break
16:00 – 17:30Student working session
18:30Social Evening at Campelle
9:00                             Pick up from hotel to the summer school venue
9:30 – 11:00

6th Session: Diplomacy for Democracy in Palestine: Success or Failure? 

Dr. Dalal Iriqat, Arab American University, Ramallah

Response by Prof. Dr. Anja Middelbeck-Varwick, EUF
11:00 – 11:30Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00

7th Session: Islam and Gender

Prof. Dr. Wietske de Jong-Kumru, EUF:

"Muslim" Feminism in the Netherlands and its Discontent

Dr. Zeina Barakat, EUF:

The struggle of Muslim Women for Gender Equality

13:00 – 14:00Lunch break
14:00 – 15:30Student working session
Free afternoon
09:30                    Pick up from hotel to the summer school venue
10:00 –                     12:30

8th Session: Islam and Democracy – Depiction in Literature and Media

Prof. Dr. Iulia-Karin Patrut, EUF:

Islam and Democracy in German Literature – Historical Cornerstones from Lessing to Özdamar

Dr. Nadjib Sadikou, EUF:

Representations of Islam and Democracy by Navid Kermani and Rafik Schami

Dr. Thies Münchow,EUF:

Michel Houellebecq's "Submission" – Islam, Democracy, and a Case of Radical Desublimation

Dr. Marcello Neri, EUF

Living a Lie. The Crisis of Liberal Western Democracy on the Background of Practiced Pluralism in F. Zaimoglu’s Siebentürmeviertel

Response by Dr. Amjad Abu El Ezz, An-Najah University, Nablus
12:30 – 13:30Lunch break
13:30 – 14:00

Venue: Campelle

Welcome by Pastor Silke Hansen
14:00 – 16:009th Session: Student presentations
16:00 – 16:30Coffee and cake
16:30 – 17:00Farewell
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