Interactive Discussion of Terrorism and Voices of Reason in the Muslim World
Dr. Ahmed spoke on terrorism in general and focused on terrorism in the Middle East.
Questions that were addressed included:
1. What is the nature of terrorism?
2. What scriptural sources relate to violence and terrorism?
3. What socio-political factors contribute to terrorism?
4. What is the situation of American Muslims in today's climate of suspicion?
Our presenter accepted questions prepared by members of the audience. These and other questions were motivated by remarks made during the presentation or by issues raised by Dr. Ahmed's many editorials and contributions to the media.
Dr. Ahmed is the Director of Center for Sustainable Business Practices and Professor of Finance at the Coggin College of Business, University of North Florida (UNF). In 2009, Dr. Ahmed was named a U.S. Fulbright Scholar. Prior to joining UNF, he taught at Penn State University – Harrisburg and University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he also served as the founding Faculty Advisor for the Student Managed Investment Fund. At PSU, he was also the Associate Director of the Giant Food Center for Economic Development. He has led student study abroad programs to London, Paris, Turkey and Egypt.
Dr. Ahmed spoke on terrorism in general but will focus on the areas of; the nature of terrorism, the methods used to address terrorism, the world-wide view of Islam, the contextual interpretations of specific verses in the Qur’an, public condemnation of terrorism by Muslim leaders and the climate of suspicion of Muslims today.
Dr. Ahmed’s presentation was based on a paper that he had published by the same title in the Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law. A shortened version of the paper has been published by The Huffington Post you may find it at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/parvez-ahmed/unholy-war-terror-in-the-name-of-islam_b_7156332.html