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Friday 27th May 2016

Location: University of Vienna, kleiner Festsaal


5:00 p.m. – 5: 30 p.m.



5:30 p.m. – 6:10 p.m.

Welcome speech and opening


Ednan Aslan

University of Vienna, Austria


Heinz Faßmann

Vice-Rector for Research and International Affairs,

University of Vienna, Austria


Sebastian Kurz

Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs,



6:10 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.


6:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. 

Keynote Speech:

 Ahmed Shaheed

School of Law and Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, UK

„Islam and the State: Is there a way back to the future?”


6:45 p.m. – 6:55 p.m. 


6:55 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion:


Tarek Fatah

Author and columnist for the Toronto Sun and Canada's Post Media group of newspapers, Canada 


Cengiz Günay

Austrian Institute for International Affairs, Austria


Said Sadek

 AlAhram-Canadian University, Egypt


ModerationRüdiger Lohlker

8:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Questions from the audience


8:30 p.m. – 8:40 p.m.

Music from Austria


8:40 p.m.



 Saturday 28th May 2016

Location: University of Vienna, kleiner Festsaal


 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.




Session I: Islam and Politics in East-Europe

Moderation: Zekirija Sejdini


9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.

Muhamed Ali

International University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

„Islamic NGO activities in secular political systems: the case of Albanian speaking territories”

9:20 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

Ešref Kenan Rašidagić

University of Sarajevo/International Burch University

Can we talk about ‘Political’ Islam in Bosnia?”


9:40 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Laurentiu D. Tănase

University of Bucharest, Romania 

When is the Islam going to become a political actor?“ „What’s the reaction of the Christian-orthodox majority?”


10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

Leila Almazova

Kazan State University, Russia

Islamic Political Organizations and Trends in Contemporary Russia”


10:20 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

 Coffee break



Session II: West-Europe

Moderation: Yașar Sarιkaya


10:45 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.

Brigitte Maréchal

Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Beyond the speeches on the citizenship, how political Islamism has it forged the radical imaginary of young Europeans at the time as of years 2000 and beyond: resources and relationships to the contexts”


11:05 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.

Mark Sedgwick

Aarhus University, Denmark

Islam and Politics in Denmark”


11:25 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Rüdiger Lohlker

University of Vienna, Austria

Islamic State, Caliphate and Modernity”


11:45 a.m. – 12:05 a.m.

Bacem Dziri

Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany

„The Illusion of Unity as an Element of Daesh’s Attractivnes“


12:05 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Lunch break


Session III: USA and Europe (2)

Moderation: Moshe Ma’oz


1:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Dounia Bouzar

Director of the CPDSI (Center for Preventing Deviant Movements Derived from Islam), France


„Méthode expérimentale de déradicalisation: quelles stratégies émotionnelles et cognitives ?“


1:50 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.

Samim Akgönül

Strasbourg University, France

Political Islam, Islam in Politics, Politics in Islam: Turkey's experience”


2:10 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Steven G. Merley

Editor of the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch (GMBDW), UK

Political Science v. Investigations – How Best to Understand the Global Muslim Brotherhood”


2:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Ronald Sandee  

Chief Global Jihad Analyst at Kronos Advisory, USA

Influence and Threat of al-Qaida and its shifting from Pakistan to Yemen”


2:50 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.

 Coffee break


Session IV: Asia

Moderation: Samim Akgönül

3:10 p.m.  3:30 a.m.

İştar Gözaydın

Gediz University, Turkey

The Rise of Political Islam in Turkey”


3:30 p.m.  3:50 a.m.

Moshe Ma'oz

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Al-Haram Al-Sharif/The Temple Mount and the Emerging Muslim-Jewish Religious Conflict”


3:50 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.

Alessandro Cancian

Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, UK  

The mystical and the political in modern Shiʿi Islam: Islamic government, revolution and the case of Sufism in 20th century Iran.”


4:10 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Elmira Akhmetova

International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)

State and Religion in Post-Independence Malaysia: 1957-2016”


4:30 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.

 Coffee break


Session V: Asia (2) and Africa

Moderation: Tarek Fatah 

4:50 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.

Mohammed Ilyas

University of Liverpool, UK/Singapore

What measures are effective in countering violence and promoting de-radicalization?”


5:10 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Hodri Ariev

Chairman of Pondok Pesantren Bahrul Ulum, East Java, Indonesia

„Islam Against Islam“


5:30 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.

Dele Ashiru 

University of Lagos, Nigeria

Political Islam, Boko Haram and the Illusions of an Islamic State in Nigeria”


5:50 p.m. – 6:20 p.m.

Questions from the audience




 Cultural Program

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