Why minority rights are the key to
pluralism and peace in the Middle East
Lecture by Masri Feki
followed by forum
What we commonly think of as the 'Arab
and Muslim world' is in fact a rich and varied mosaic of peoples.
Over the last 50 years, many Middle Eastern minorities have been
oppressed or have struggled to survive - be they national groups
( Berbers, Kurds, Turkomans, etc), religious communities (Christians,
Zoroastrians, Baha'is, etc) or both (Armenians, Jews, etc). Sects,
such as Shi’ites
in the Gulf states and Sunnis in Iran, have not been successfully
integrated within Islam itself.
Masri Feki sees minority rights as central to his vision of secular
democracy. Now, more than ever, thriving minorities are the cornerstone
of a healthy civil society and the key to pluralism and peace in
this troubled region.
Following Masri Feki's lecture, representatives of Middle Eastern
minorities are invited to take part in a debate on how best to
build a new and better Middle East.
Born in Cairo, Masri M Feki is a political scientist and author
of several works on the Middle East. He writes for the Turkish
and Arabic press. He is the founder of a pressure group based in
Paris, The Middle East Pact (MEP), which works to bring Middle
Eastern communities together around a regional political pact.
Thursday 18 September 2008
Khalili Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies
University of London, Thornhaugh St, Russell Square, WC1
Refreshments from 6.15pm. Lecture 7pm
London Middle East Institute/ Harif
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