Sept. 13, 2005
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King Abdullah II, monarch of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, spoke Tuesday at the Columbus School of Law.
WASHINGTON, D.C. ? King Abdullah II, monarch of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, delivered an address: ?Traditional Islam: The Path to Peace? at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 13.
More than 350 people filled the law building?s William J. Byron, S.J. Auditorium, where the address was delivered. Very Rev. David M. O?Connell, C.M., president, and law school Dean Veryl V. Miles introduced the Jordanian leader, and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop of Washington and CUA chancellor, delivered closing remarks and a prayer.
Links to the King?s remarks and a video of the event can be found below:
The king?s remarks built 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.
The Sept. 13
lecture was 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
The king?s address at CUA was 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 religion.
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