India's National Security Election, 2019: The Rise of the WatchmenThe Prophet's Covenants: Gold Brick or Game Changer?Sudan Uprising and the challenge of the Deep State

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  • Modi

    India's National Security Election, 2019: The Rise of the Watchmen

    Date Tue, 28 May 2019
    Time 18:00 – 19:30
    Location Holding Redlich Lawyers, Level 1, 300 Queen St, Brisbane CBD, Queensland 4000

    Presented by Professor Ian Hall

    Back in 2014, Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a landslide victory on a platform that promised rapid economic development, jobs, and prosperity. "Good days" (acche din) were coming, they promised, and they would deliver them. After five years of lacklustre growth, however, Modi and the BJP approached the 2019 election in very different terms. Following...

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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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  • Sudan revolution

    Sudan Uprising and the challenge of the Deep State

    Date Tue, 09 Jul 2019
    Time 18:00 – 19:30
    Location Holding Redlich Lawyers, Level 1, 300 Queen St, Brisbane CBD, Queensland 4000

    Presented by Faiza El-Higzi

    In mid December 2018 sporadic protests about food shortage in the East African country Sudan led to a massive civilian disobedience movement that occupied the main thoroughfares in Sudan’s capital city, Khartoum. It toppled the 30 year authoritarian regime of Omar Bashir and demanded  transfer to an interim civilian government future democratic elections and bringing...

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