The theme of the conference is based on ‘A Common Word’ which is the international movement started in response to the 2006 Pope’s address at Regensburg University and which continues to emphasise the common ground between the world’s two largest religions and to re-invigorate the dialogue between Islam, Christianity and the West especially in this post-Bush and now President Barack Hussein Obama -era. Its aim is to build bridges of understanding and engage in mutual respect with Christians and Muslims who together make up more than half of the world’s population.
The Keynote Address, sure to be a landmark address in Perth at the Convention Centre, will be delivered by Anwar Ibrahim, the current Opposition Leader of Malaysia and regarded as one of the foremost ambassadors of Islam in the West today. Guest speakers include Reverend Professor James Haire, former President of the Uniting Church in Australia and the current Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Imam Afroz Ali, Founder and President of Al-Ghazzali Centre, Dr. Wan Azizah, president of the People’s Justice Party of Malaysia and Father Charles Waddell, Interfaith Delegate of the Catholic Church. Speakers have been chosen to reflect the global nature and theme of inclusiveness in ‘A Common Word Between Us and You’.
1. ‘A Common Word for the Common Good’ Interfaith Sessions at UWA
Date & Time: Saturday 11 July 2009 - 10:30AM to 3:30PM
Venue: Social Sciences Lecture Theatre - UWA
- Prof. Haire
- Imam Afroz ALi
- Dr. Wan Azizah
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2. ‘Islam & The West’ - Keynote address by the Honourable Anwar Ibrahim with introductory remarks by Professor James Haire
Date & Time: Saturday 11th July - 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Venue: Riverside Theatre - Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
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3. Free Public Lecture on ‘A Just Balance: the Spirit of Service’
By Imam Afroz Ali (Al-Ghazzali Institute, Sydney)
Date & Time: Sunday 12 July 2009 - 6:30PM-8:30PM
Venue: Alexander Lecture Theatre - UWA
This international conference has been organised by the Perth MuslimYouth Forum, Muslim Students Association of the University of Western Australia, the Jamiatul ‘Ulama of Western Australia, in conjunction with the Perth Convention Bureau.