Conference on Islam and human rights in post-Communist Europe


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Subject: Conference on Islam and human rights in post-Communist Europe

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Conference on Islam and human rights in post-Communist Europe


THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF HUMAN RIGHTS AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, the
BULGARIAN HELSINKI COMMITTEE, the NEW UNIVERSITY OF BULGARIA and the
INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR MINORITY STUDIES AND INTERCULTURAL RELATIONS
will sponsor a conference on March 15-17, 1999 in Sofia, Bulgaria on:
 
ISLAM AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN POST-COMMUNIST EUROPE
 
CALL FOR PAPERS
 
The organizers seek papers within the following general topics:
 
1) Political, social and legal perspectives:  Islam and pluralism;
Islam and the state; Islam and rights theory
 
2) The contemporary situation:  Christianity, Islam, ethnicity and
rights in Western and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.  Topics may
include studies of:
 
- European countries with new Muslim minorities, ie, Western Europe;
 
- European countries traditionally having Muslim minorities, ie,
Russia and the Balkan countries;
 
- Non-Muslim minorities in countries with Muslim majorities, ie,
Central Asia and Azerbaijan, as well as Turkey
 
3) Diversity within Islam: Tradition and New Islamic Movements
 
4)  Religion, Rights and New Conflicts in Post-Communist Eastern
Europe, with special attention to Chechnya,  Bosnia and Kosovo
 
5) Religious freedom and tolerance: theological perspectives from the
Abrahamic faiths (ie, Judaism, Christianity and Islam)
 
Case studies may focus on Russia, Turkey, the former Yugoslavia,
Bulgaria, Albania, Greece, the Caucusus and Central Asia, Spain,
France or other western European countries.
 
We are looking for contributions particularly from scholars (legal,
religious, regional, etc.) and activists in the region involved in
conflict resolution and prevention, and human rights monitoring.
 
The language of the conference and the papers will be English
 
Persons interested in presenting papers at the conference should
submit abstracts of about 500 words by November 1, 1998, to:
 
Dr. Elizabeth Cole, Coordinator
 
Center for the Study of Human Rights
Columbia University
1108 IAB, 420 W. 118th Street
New York, NY 10027
FAX:  212-854-6785
e-mail: eac30@columbia.edu
 
Ms. Desislava Simeonova, European Coordinator
Bulgarian Helsinki Committee
86, Vitosha Blvd., 4th floor
1463 Sofia, Bulgaria
TEL./FAX: 3592-951-6289
e-mail: helsinki@mbox.cit.bg
 
Decisions will be announced in early December

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Bulgarian Helsinki Committee
86, Vitosha Blvd.
1463 Sofia BULGARIA
tel./fax: ++ 359 2. 951 6295

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