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Congress ‘Islam and Otherness’


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Theme “Islam and Otherness”

True acceptance of otherness in a globalized and pluralistic world allows us to measure the capacity of religious, philosophical or political thought to fit in and assume the contemporary societal dynamics inherent to globalization (Taylor). This acceptance is not devoid of resistance that stem from the rise of entrenched identity expressions founded in particularly on a vision of equality that is based on the “similar” which assumes a historical-ethnic (Rosanvallon) [1]  or religious identity.

The congress ‘Islam and Otherness’ proposes to reflect on how Islam fits into this societal movement beyond identity resistance.

Three axes will allow us to approach the reality of otherness in Islam in terms of resources: geopolitical axis, dialogue axis and citizenship axis (muwatana).

[1] Pierre Rosanvallon, La Société des égaux, Paris, Seuil, 2011.

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Webinar ‘Islam and Otherness – Focus Lebanon’

In opening to the 3rd International Congress of PLURIEL, which will exceptionally extend over two years, we offered a one-afternoon webinar on Tuesday 13 April 2021 from 3pm to 7pm.

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Lectures and panels :
Monday, May 23rd, 5 PM : Opening and lecture of Salim Daccache
Tuesday, May 24th : Lecture of Raja Sakrani, Panel 1 : Geopolitical Approach, Panel 2 : Dialogal Approach,  Lecture of Gabriel Said Reynolds
Wednesday, May 25th, morning : Presentation of research groups, Panel 3 : Citizenship Approach.

Workshops and visits :
Wednesday, May 25th afternoon : Cultural visits in Beirut
Thursday, May 26th : Focus Lebanon, Encounters “The experience of the Other in Lebanon”, Cultural visits in Beirut
Friday, May 26th : Visits of shared holy places in North Lebanon

Keynote Lectures

Simultaneous interpretation in English, Arabic and French


Islam and otherness, challenges for education in a context of diversity

Salim Daccache, Rector of Saint Joseph University, of Beirut, Lebanon
Monday, May 23rd, 6pm

The other in Islamic civilization: from the immanence of cultures to divine transcendence

Raja Sakrani, Jurist and Cultural Science scholar at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study “Law as Culture”, University of Bonn, Germany
Tuesday, May 24th, 9.30 AM

Islam and the Salvation of non-Muslims: The Qur’anic Perspective

Gabriel Said Reynolds, Notre Dame University, USA
Tuesday, May 24th, 6PM

PANEL 1 : Geopolitical Approach

Room A

Speeches in French and English (Simultaneous interpretation in English, French and Arabic) – Moderator : Laurent Basanese

Islamists and international relations. What is their world view and their diplomatic practices? Global emergence, evolution and amendment of a culturalist and antagonistic theory

ADRAOUI Mohamed-Ali (Sciences Po Paris, France)

Sunni Muslim integralism in the face of (a)confessional otherness, between theology and politics: social adaptability, theological inertia?

SENIGUER Haoues (Sciences Po Lyon, France)

Swinging Foreign Policy: The Iranian Umma in International Relations

TORTOLINI Alessia (University of Pisa, Italie)

Transformations in the perceptions of the religious Other in Arab-Muslim authors during the 20th century

BRODEUR Patrice (Université de Montréal, Canada)

The “us” against the “others”, the populist political style of the Islamist party the PJD

DRHIMEUR Amina (Sciences Po Lyon, France)

Room B

Speeches in French and English – Moderator : Jaime Flaquer Garcia

Understanding post-Islamists’ ‘Othering’: The AK Party Case from 2002 to 2011

EVIRGEN Yusuf (Binghamton University, USA)

The Muslim as ‘other’ in the former Yugoslavia

NESTOROVIC Cédomir (ESSEC Business School Asia Pacific, Singapore)

Muslims and Islamic responses to Hindu Society and Constitutional liberalism in India

ALAM Anwar (Policy Perspectives Foundation of India, New Delhi, India)

Being a Muslim in the French armies. Between trivialisation and otherness.

SETTOUL Elyamine (CNAM, France)


PANEL 2 : Dialogal Approach

Room A

Speeches in French, English and Arabic (Simultaneous interpretation in English, French and Arabic) – Moderator : Thom Sicking

Muslim-Christian Dialogue : the approach of the White Fathers


Unity of God and unity in God – a possible perspective and way of dialogue between the believers?

BREIDY Vanessa (Sophia University Institute, Florence, Italy)

Islam and Christianity: mutual views and challenges of otherness

YOUNÈS Michel (Université catholique de Lyon, France)

Black as the Other in Islamic Culture

YASSNI Yassine (Université Abdel Malek Saadi, Morocco)

Room B

Speeches in French – Moderator : Emmanuel Pisani

Radical evil and the Canadian multiculturalist otherness

AIT KABBOURA Mounia (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)

The Other and Otherness in the Arabic Language and Culture

MOSTFA Ali (Université catholique de Lyon, France)

Medieval Islam in the cinema. A dialogue in four films

RICHARD Thomas (Université Clermont-Auvergne, France)

Religious and Cultural Otherness: Debating Issues in Islam

ARBACHE Samir (Université catholique de Lille, France)

PANEL 3 : Citizenship Approach
Room A

Speeches in French, English and Arabic (Simultaneous interpretation in English, French and Arabic) – Moderator : Alessandro Ferrari

Dār al-islām and dār al-ḥarb in contemporary Muslim thought

BOUCHIBA Farid (Université Lyon 2, France)

The concept of “citizenship” in the Azhari discourse. Problems and contradictions

GAMAL Mohamed (Egyptian initiative of personal rights, Egypt)

Otherness and nationalisms, the threat of identity to openness

FLEYFEL Antoine (Institut Chrétiens d’Orient, France)

The representation of non-Islamist Muslims in Sunni Islamist discourse: an intra-religious otherness?

SALEH Wael (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)

Room B

Speeches in English – Moderator : Ali Mostfa

Institutionalized Islam in Personal Status Laws and Challenged Position of Women as ‘the Other’

KARACA Asli (Al-Quds University, Palestine)

Re-problematizing the Religious Majority-Minority Dialectics in Post-Arab Spring Morocco: Between Subalternity and Digital Disobedience

BOUTAHAR Youssef (Sidi Mohamed ben Adellah University, Fez, Morocco)

Embracing the Other: Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri‘s approach to Human Rights and Democracy

ANSORGE Dirk (Sankt Georgen School of Theology and Philosophy, Frankfurt, Germany)

From the Throes of Anguished Mourning: Shi’i Ritual Practice and Post-Secular Modes of Socialization

MAREI Fouad Gehad (University of Birmingham, UK)





If you already have your tickets for the initial dates in April 2020, or for any question about the registration, please contact Lorraine Guitton at

A part of the congress will be broadcasted live via videoconference. Registration is required to obtain the connection link. (check “ONLINE” at the top of the registration module).

PLURIEL offers free participation to Lebanese residents in Lebanon. For this, please contact us at

Click on below to diplay info about the packages.

Billetterie Weezevent


On May 23, 24, 25, the congress will take place at Saint Joseph University of Beirut, Campus de l’innovation et du sport (Damascus Road, facing the French Embassy).

On May 26, morning, the congress will take place at La Sagesse University.

The cultural visits will take place in Beirut and north of Beirut / north Lebanon. (More info coming about the visits)


The accomodation included in the pack ‘Congress + Accomodation’ (see registration page) can take place in one of the 3 following hotels :
(voir carte ci-dessus)


Please enquire about the conditions of entry to Lebanon according to your nationality.
Read the information on the Beirut airport website.
Please note the following important points:
-Entry to Lebanon is prohibited for passport holders with Israeli stamps or visas.
-A passport valid for 6 months beyond the intended period of stay and with two blank pages is required.