Islam, Pluralism and Liberal Peacebuilding in Afghanistan
Speaker: Maliha Chishti
Date: Tuesday, September 12th
Time: 6pm Reception; 6:30pm Talk
Where: Conference Hall, Main Bldg, American Islamic College
BIO: Maliha Chishti is a Senior Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Martin Marty Center where she is furthering her research on the opportunities and challenges to peacebuilding in Muslim-majority contexts. Her focus is on the role of religion, traditional authority and the politics of mulitivocality and pluralism in post-conflict contexts. Her research draws upon anticolonial and postcolonial thought to investigate broader, inclusive and more locally relevant approaches to building peace in non-western contexts, with a specific emphasis on Afghanistan. Dr. Chishti’s research responds to the current crisis of liberal peacebuilding and questions why the process of rebuilding war-affected Muslim societies remains a peculiarly distant and inaccessible project for the majority of the poorest, traditional, rural, and often non-English speaking population, arguing that the current emphasis on supporting greater local control is not enough, until and unless the politics of difference, multivocality and pluralism are meaningfully addressed.