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International Conference
Modern Preaching of Islam: Salafis, Islamic Movements, Muslim States
Haifa University, 6-8 January, 2015
Senate Hall, 29th Floor, Eshkol Tower
Tuesday, January 6
09:30-10:30: Convention and Greetings
Amos Shapira, President of University of Haifa
Rassem Khamaisi, Head of Jewish-Arab Center

Opening Remarks: Itzchak Weismann, University of Haifa
10:30-12:30: The Muslim Brotherhood Discourse
Chair: Meir Hatina, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Itzchak Weismann, University of Haifa. "Da’wa and Jihad: The Inner Muslim Brothers Debate"
Carrie Wickham, Emory University.  “Shari’a or Sha’ariyya?: The Brotherhood’s Da’wa in the Wake of Morsi’s Ouster”
Ido Zelkovitz, University of Haifa, University of Minnesota. "Da’wa and the Campus: Hamas Islamic Bloc Historical Role in the Shaping of the Palestinian -Islamic Identity."
12:30-13:30: Lunch break
13:30-15:30: Salafi and Radical Approaches
Chair: Israel Gershoni, Tel-Aviv University
Muhammad al-Atawnah, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva. "Wahhabi Da’wa Post 9/11: Rethinking 'Other' 'Otherness' and the Preaching of Islam."
Meir Hatina, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. "Redefining Jihad in Radical Islam: Sayyid Imam al-Sharif’s Ethical Perception."
Adam Hoffman, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. "Lessons Learned: the Changing Importance of Da'wa in Salafi-Jihadi Discourse."

15:30-16:00: coffee break
16:00-18:00: The Ulema Contest
Chair: Amalia Levanoni, University of Haifa and President of MEISAI
Aaron Rock-Singer, Princeton University. "Scholarly Authority and Lay Mobilization: Yusuf al-Qaradawi's Vision of Da’wa, 1978-1984."
Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen, University of Copenhagen. "The Foremost of Preachers: Shaykh Sha’rawi."
Uri Rosset, Sapir Academic College. “Al-Aqsa Voice"" - Hamas's radio station - A profile of Islamist radio station as a Da’wa tool."

Senate Hall, 29th Floor, Eshkol Tower
Wednesday, January 7
10:00-11:00: Keynote Speech
Chair: Itzchak Weismann,
University of Haifa.

Keynote speaker: Dale Eickelman,
Dartmouth College. "Mainstreaming Da‘wa in the Modern World."
11:00-13:00:  Legal and Linguistic Considerations
Chair: Muhammad al-Atawneh, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva.

Jamal Malik, University of Erfurt. "Fiqh al-Da’wa or the Juridification of Islamic mission in the context of globalization."
Uriya Shavit, Tel Aviv University. "Da’wa and Facilitation: Revolutionizing Religious Law for Muslims in the West."
Michael Barak, Tel Aviv University. "Strategies of Salafi and Wahhabi Polemics against Sufism in the Modern Era."
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-15:30: The Role of the Media
Chair: Shail Mayaram, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi.

Sariel Birnbaum, University of Geneva. "Islamists fight back on screen – Islamic historical narrative in historical audio visual media."
Khalid Sindawi, Max Stern College of Jezreel Valley. "Shi'ite Missionary Satellite Stations and their Role in the Dissemination of the Shi'ite Faith: The Al-Manar Channel as an Example."
15:30-16:00 coffee break

16:00-18:00: South Asian Variants
Chair: Jamal Malik, University of Erfurt

Shail Mayaram, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi."Competitive Islamic proselytization in South Asia: Issues, Perspectives and Debates."
Thomas K. Gugler, University of Münster. "Da’wat-e Islami and Sufislamism: Practice & Politics of Preaching in Pakistan."
Ronie Parciack, Tel-Aviv University. "Dissidence and Authorization: Da'wah in Contemporary India."
20:00 Dinner

Senate Hall, 29th Floor, Eshkol Tower
Thursday, January 8
10:00-11:00 Keynote speech
Chair: Avner Giladi, University of Haifa

Amatzia Baram
, University of Haifa."Shi'i Da'wa and Self-Preservation in the Modern World: Iraq as a Case Study."

11:00-13:00: The Shi'ite Angle
Chair: Butrus Abu Manneh, University of Haifa 

Alex Greenberg
, Tel Aviv University. "Da’wa in Pehlevi Iran: The case of Ayatollah Mohammad  Beheshti."
Elisheva Machlis, Tel Aviv University."Shi'is in Bahrain between Islam, Sectarianism and pan-Shi'i tendencies"
Eldad J. Pardo, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. "Education for Da’wa in Iran:  An Element of a Revolutionary Ideology."
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-16:00: The East and the West
Chair: Carrie Wickham, Emory University.

Haim Koren, Ambassador of  Israel to Egypt. "Al-Irshad vs. Alawi Sayyids in Early 20th Century Indonesia: Da’wa as Propagator of Conflict within Islam."
Dina Lisnyansky, University of Haifa. "European Da’wa and Social Networks: Using Marketing Strategies to Convey a Cultural Message."
Nina Wiedl, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva. "Salafism and Salafi Da’wa in Germany."
16:00-16:30 Coffee break

16:30-18:00:  Interfaith Dialogue
Chair: Daphna Ephrat, The Open University of Israel.

Zbigniew Kaźmierczak
, University of Bialystok. "Da’wa in the Perspective of Religious Pluralism - The Sense and Nonsense of Mission."
Shelley Elkayam, Goettingen University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  "Muslims Tackling with Da’wa in Tariqa Ibrahimiyya."

18:00-18:30 Concluding discussion and plan of the book