Keynote: Dr. Ali Asani from Harvard University at the Averting Violent Extremism Workshop 2016

The Carleton Centre for the Study of Islam, in collaboration with the Intercultural Dialogue Institute – Ottawa and the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, hosted a workshop entitled “Averting Violent Extremism: Religious Literacy, Pluralism and Community Resilience” on February 4 and 5, 2016.

The workshop’s aim was to work towards the development of a practical and pragmatic program. It was an interactive event designed to enable broad participation by a large number of knowledgeable and experienced people. This workshop was the first step in forming a network of academics, practitioners, and policymakers to address the issue of averting violent extremism through educational means.

Around 100 individuals from academia (from across Canada, one from the UK, and the keynote speaker from Harvard), civil society associations, government (parliamentarians and public service officials), school boards, church groups, and Muslim institutions participated. The workshop was an opportunity to establish a social innovation lead in developing a set of non-military solutions to the global problem of violent extremism and the clash of ignorance.

Dr. Edip Yavuz Zeybek, Chairperson, Intercultural Dialogue Institute – Ottawa
Dr. Karim Karim, Director, Carleton Centre for the Study of Islam
Mrs. Alia Hogben, Executive Director, Canadian Council of Muslim Women

Opening Speech by Dr. Edip Yavuz Zeybek at IDI-Ottawa

Welcome speech by Dr. Farhang Rajaee at Carleton University

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Ali Asani, Harvard University

Panelists at IDI-Ottawa Centre:
Mr. Haroon Siddiqui, Journalist
Senator Mobina Jaffer, Senate of Canada
Dr. Karim Karim, Carleton University.