Sept. 7, 2005
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – His Majesty King Abdullah II, monarch of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, will deliver an address: “Traditional Islam: The Path to Peace” at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005, in the law building’s William J. Byron, S.J. Auditorium.
The invitation-only event is open to media coverage.
The king’s remarks will build upon recent efforts to enhance understanding about the true tenets and teachings of Islam. In July 2005, as a result of the International Islamic Conference hosted by King Abdullah II in Amman, more than 180 scholars representing 45 countries signed a final declaration unanimously condemning the practice known as takfir (calling others “apostates”) that is used by extremists to justify violence. The declaration also recognized the legitimacy of all eight of the traditional schools of Islamic religious law from the Sunni, Shi’i and Ibadi branches of Islam, and identified their common principles and beliefs. It defined the necessary qualifications and conditions for issuing fatwas (religious directives), contrasting them to the illegitimacy of so-called fatwas justifying terrorism that are issued ‘outside’ of the traditional schools of Islamic religious law and in violation of Islam’s core principles.
“We are deeply honored that the king accepted our invitation to come here to spread a message of peace and interfaith understanding,” said Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America. “Any dialogue that illuminates the common denominator among the moral principles held by all people is welcome and will always find a forum on our campus.”
13 lecture will be the only official address given by King Abdullah II during
his two-day swing through
Abdullah II bin Al Hussein assumed his constitutional powers as monarch of the
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on Feb. 7, 1999, the day his father, the late King
Hussein, passed away. Born in
ascension to the throne, King Abdullah II has continued his late father's
commitment to lead
address at CUA is an initiative of the Columbus School of Law’s
Interdisciplinary Program in Law and Religion, which extended the invitation
and arranged the king’s visit. The program was created to provide a forum for
study, research and public discussion of issues arising at the nexus of law and
A live Web cast of King Abdullah’s lecture will be available at www.law.edu.
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