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CIK Talk - Islam, Liberalism, and Ontology: A Critical Re-evaluation
CIK Talks is a platform for noted Muslim intellectuals and thought leaders to address critical issues facing the Ummah and ideas shaping the modern world.

Islam, Liberalism, and Ontology: A Critical Re-evaluation

Presented by Professor Joseph J. Kaminski
​Saturday, July 10th, 2021 ​at 12 PM EST (30 Dhul Qadah)

In this CIK Talk, Prof. Kaminski will provide an overview of his newly published book Islam, Liberalism, and Ontology: A Critical Re-evaluation which argues that, despite recent efforts to speak of overlapping consensuses and discursive congruence, the fundamental categories that constitute "Islam" and "Liberalism" remain very different, and that these differences should be taken seriously. Thus far, no recent scholarly works have explicitly or meticulously broken down where these differences lie.

Prof. Kaminski will rigorously explore questions related to rights, moral epistemologies, the role of religion in the public sphere, and more general approaches to legal discourse via primary and canonical sources constitutive of both Islam and liberalism. He will also demonstrate why communitarian modes of thought are better suited for engaging with Islam and contemporary socio-political modes of organization than liberalism is.

Jul 10, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Professor Joseph Kaminski
Associate Professor @International University of Sarajevo
Dr. Joseph J. Kaminski is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations at the International University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. His current research interests include Religion and Politics, Comparative Political Theory, and New Approaches to Islamic Public Reason. His previous book, The Contemporary Islamic Governed State: A Reconceptualization, was published in 2017 with Palgrave. He is a graduate of Rutgers University, City University of New York (CUNY) and Purdue University where he completed his Ph.D.
Amir Abu-Ghuddah
Amir Abu-Ghuddah has a BA in Political Science and Certificate in Economics from the University of Regina and has a JD from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. He has also pursued traditional study in Turkey under scholars of hadith and fiqh. He has completed articles (legal training) at Blakes, Cassels, & Graydon and has clerked at the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal. He is beginning his career as a litigation lawyer in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. His interests include Usul Al-Fiqh, Islamic judicial systems, and political thought. Amir is also a research fellow at the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research and an integral member of the CIK Strategic Planning Committee.