Religion and Politics - Islam in Europe, Europe and Islam
November 3, 2006
Prague, Czech Republic
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International conference organized by the Civic Institute, with a support of
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. The conference language will be English. All persons interested in attending the conference are kindly requested to register at the Civic Institute website by following the link above or at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 31, 2006
09.30 – 10.00:
Alexandr Vondra , Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Rep.
Roman Joch, Director of the Civic Institute
10.00 – 12.15:
Radical Islam and the War on Terror
Who is the enemy in the war on terror and what are the war goals? In
Dr. Pipes´s view the radical Islam (not “terrorism” or “extremism”) is the
enemy; and the West’s goal must be to defeat it and replace it with a
moderate form of Islam.
Hans Werdmölder: Situation in the Netherlands
A short overview of different Moslem minorities in the Netherlands and their
difficult participation in Dutch society. More specifically, and with
respect to the Moroccan minority in the Netherlands, Dr.Werdmolder raises
the issue if there is a relation between Islam and criminality.
Urbain Vermeulen: The Moslem Presence in Belgium –Threat or Enrichment?
The immigration of Moslems and their evolution sociologically,
demografically and politically. The Moslem institutions and representative
organisations. Some thoughts on further evolution.
Petr Kubálek: Moslems in the Czech Republic - 9/11 as a plot
The brief paper looks into the media presence and image of Islamic
organizations in the Czech Republic after the events of September 2001. In
that year, mainstream Moslem bodies in the West hurried to condemn the
attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. But, has any similar reaction come
from Moslem representatives in the Czech Republic?
Hans-Peter Raddatz: Situation in Germany
Dr.Raddatz shows how German politics’attitude to Islamic migration, with all
practical consequences like growing ghettos and radical indoctrination of
young Moslems, follows the model of universal tolerance and declares Islam a
phenomenon of collective "enrichment".
12.15 – 13.00
13.00 – 14.00
14.00 – 16.30
Scientific Koran and the Islamization of Science
The paper examines those tendencies of modern Islamic thought that turn to
science and technology as main tools of argumentation, one that is to
impress both Moslems and non-Moslems.
Hans Werdmölder: Headscarves at Public Schools in the Netherlands
An overview of some cases of Moslem women who want to wear a headscarf or
any other religious garment at public schools. In general, Dr.Werdmolder
states that Dutch authorities should draw a principled line regarding the
wearing of headscarves by public officials, not only at public schools, but
also in any other public institutions (police and courts).
Urbain Vermeulen: The Consequences of Classical Islamic Themes on the
Situation of Islam in the non-Moslem World
Classical Islamic doctrines (and their revival today) in relation to the
Western, mainly European society, and in the international context (e.g.
religion-politics, visions of the relationship between Moslems and
non-Moslems in the field of international relations and within the Moslem
Hans-Peter Raddatz: The Access of Turkey to the EU
The question of Turkey´s accession to the EU seemed to be decided already.
Only recently, after the failure of the EU Draft Constitution Treaty, the
poor performance of the Turkish "reforms", the increasingly arrogant
behaviour of the Ankara government and the events around the "Moslem
feelings, hurt" by the Pope, as well as the aborted Mozart opera performance
in Berlin, has the German public started to register more consciously what
the existing Islam and 100 million Turks freely migrating throughout Europe
might actually mean.
Daniel Pipes: Which Way Europe?
Will Europe retain its historic civilization or become predominantly
Islamic? Will Europe be Islamized or will Islam be Europeanized? The
continent stands at a crossroads and Dr.Pipes analyzes the prospects,
concluding that the question remains open and the next years are likely to
Daniel Pipes, Ph.D
Daniel Pipes is director of the Middle East Forum and a prize-winning
columnist. He received his A.B. (1971) and Ph.D. (1978) from Harvard
University, both in history. His website, DanielPipes.org, is the single
most accessed internet source of specialized information on the Middle East
and Islam. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Harvard University,
and the U.S. Naval War College. He served in various capacities in the U.S.
government, including two presidentially-appointed positions, vice chairman
of the Fulbright Board of Foreign Scholarships and member of the board of
the U.S. Institute of Peace. He was director of the Foreign Policy Research
Institute in 1986-93.Mr. Pipes has written twelve books, dealing with the
Middle East, Islam and conspiracy theories.
Doc. Hans Werdmölder Ph.D.
Mr. Werdmölder is an internationally known social anthropologist and
criminologist, specialized in the field of migration. He received his LL.M.
Degree in Social Anthropology, University of Amsterdam, his Post Doc Degree
in Management of Non-Profit Organizations, Tilburg University and his Ph.D.
Degree in Criminology, Faculty of Law, Free University Amsterdam. He is
Senior Researcher at G.J. Wiarda Institute, Faculty of Law, Utrecht
University, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Social Sciences, Education and
Ethnic Minorities and Visiting Scholar, The American University in Cairo
(AUC). He is member various Belgium, Dutch and international organizations:
Network of UNESCO Chairs in Human Rights, Democracy, Peace and Tolerance,
Supervisory Commission Research on Delinquent Youth in Belgium, Brussels and
Supervisory Commission on Settlement and Integration of Refugees,
Dr. Hans-Peter Raddatz
Hans-Peter Raddatz is German Scholar for Islamic Studies, Author and
businessman. He is co-author of the Encyclopedia of Islam. He graduated in
Islamic science and economics from Bonn University. He represented
international banks and corporations in the Middle East and the United
States. He later also started to support the public Islam discussion in
Europe with several contributions. Now his research, analysis and practical
experience join in scientific works analyzing the historical and
contemporary links and gaps between the Islam and the West in religious,
legal and cultural civilization as well as actual power politics. Raddatz is
the author of several books focusing on Islam and Christianity as well as a
regular contributor the German dailies Die Welt and the Hamburger
Prof. Dr.Urbain Vermeulen
Urbain Vermeulen is professor of Classical Arabic and Islamology in the
Universities of Leuven and Ghent. He is member of the board of the U.E.A.I
(European Union of Arabists and Islamologists) and Past President and Past
Vice-President of the European Union of Arabists and Islamologists. He is
autor of several publications on the Political and Institutional History of
the Mamluks (1250-1517), on the mediaval popular Romance of Antar and on the
doctrine of Islam and comtemporary issues of the muslim world (also in
relationship with the West. He wrote a bestseller in Flanders on ´ Islam and
Christianity. The ipossible dialogue´ ? Hans Vermeulen is regularely asked
for explanation on the actuality related to the muslim world in the written
press, televion and radio.
Petr Kubálek works as Information Specialist at Radio Free Iraq. Kubálek has
done research on selected Islamic and Middle Eastern issues, with a
particular focus on the Kurds: His website “Kurdové a Kurdistán” has been so
far the most consistent Czech-language source on Kurdish affairs. His thesis
on Kurdish tribal mechanisms in Iraq has been quoted in Czech expert
literature. Kubálek has completed the Arab Studies course at the Charles
University in Prague and currently is finishing his M.A. thesis in Islamic
Studies at the same university. In separate periods before 2005, he was an
External Lecturer in Islam and Arabic at University of West Bohemia in
Pilsen, Czech Republic. Kubálek was awarded for translating from Arabic by
The Translators Guild of the Czech Republic in 2004.
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