Queensland Events

  • Asian century

    Asian century ... on a knife edge

    Date Tue, 07 May 2019
    Time 18:00 – 19:30
    Location Holding Redlich Lawyers, Level 1, 300 Queen St, Brisbane CBD, Queensland 4000

    Presented by John West

    In his recent book, Asian Century … on a knife-edge, John West questions
    the conventional wisdom that the 21st century will belong to Asia. He
    argues that, in reality, Asia is suffering from stunted economic and
    social development. John identifies seven economic, social, political
    and geopolitical challenges for realising an Asian century but doubts
    that Asia’s leading economies have the political will to tackle these
    challenges.  Nevertheless, the Indo-Pacific of the 21st century is
    becoming increasingly dominated by Asia’s emerging giants - China,
    India and Indonesia.  But John argues that these countries are fragile


    John West has had a long career as an educator, journalist, researcher
    and policy-maker. He currently teaches at Tokyo's Sophia University.
    He is a contributing editor for FDI-Intelligence, a Financial Times
    magazine, and is also executive director of the Asian Century
    Institute. These current positions follow major stints at the
    Australian Treasury (1980–86), the Paris-based OECD (1986–2008) and
    the Tokyo-based Asian Development Bank Institute (2009–11).

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  • Saudi arabia

    The Prophet's Covenants: Gold Brick or Game Changer?

    Date Tue, 11 Jun 2019
    Time 18:00 – 19:30
    Location Holding Redlich Lawyers, Level 1, 300 Queen St, Brisbane CBD, Queensland 4000
    Presented by Associate Professor Halim Rane
    A growing number of scholars now contend that the Prophet Muhammad made pledges to protect Christian, Jewish and other monotheistic communities and granted them rights of religious freedom. These Covenants contradict the restrictive and discriminatory rules found in texts of Islamic law and challenge long-held beliefs about Islam's teachings on the rights of non-Muslims under Muslim rule. This presentation examines the evidence for the authentication of the Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad and discusses their implication for interfaith relations, peaceful coexistence and our understanding of Islam's original teachings.  
    Halim Rane is an Associate Professor of Islam-West Relations at Griffith University. His research encompasses the fields of Islamic studies, sociology of religion, media and communications. In 2015 he received the prestige award of Australian University of the Year. His latest publications include the peer-reviewed paper, "Cogent Religious Instruction": A Response to the Phenomenon of Radical Islamist Terrorism in Australia, and the book, Islam and Muslim Communities in the West: Major Issues and Debates.  
    Picture: The Great Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Photo credit: Marviikad. Flickr Creative Commons
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