International Scholars to Discuss
Religion, Justice and Violence
International scholars to discuss religion, justice and violence
Is religion for war or peace? In a public forum at the University
Nov. 7, four internationally known scholars will focus on the
topic. René Girard, Mark Juergensmeyer, Khaled Abou El
Fadl and Danièle Hervieu-Leger will discuss how religion
promotes both justice and violence in todays world.
professor emeritus at Stanford University, has been widely influential
with studies of violence and religion in the development of human
culture. Girards books include Violence and the Sacred
and The Scapegoat.
El Fadl, professor of law at U.C.L.A. and a practicing lawyer,
is a renowned expert and prominent public spokes- person on Islamic
religion and law. He has been active in defending the rights of
women, immigrants and political dissidents through Human Rights
Watch and the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights.
leading scholar on religions role today, Hervieu-Leger,
professor at the Écoles des Hautes Études en Sciences
Sociales in Paris, will discuss the paradoxes of religious belief.
Her research focuses on the decline of traditional religions in
Europe, especially when Christianity is spreading elsewhere.
professor of sociology and director of global studies at the University
of California at Santa Barbara, has written several books on religion,
nationalism and violence, including Terror in the Mind of
God. He has interviewed religious militants and argues that
many commit violent acts because they believe their communities
values are being assaulted by outsiders.
Levinson Lectures, endowed by Frank and Wynnette Levinson of Palo
Alto, Calif., are presented by U.Va.s Center
on Religion and Democracy.