Abstract of the Talk

Date: 22nd November, 2014
Venue: Habib University Auditorium
Time: 5 p.m to 7 p.m.

The Shia and Sunni represent the most important theological and historical divide in Islam. Over the past three decades this religious divide has evolved into sectarian conflict in a number of Muslim countries and has become a mainstay of regional strategic rivalry. A number of political and socioeconomic factors explain this turn, among them shape of Muslim states and their colonial legacies, changes in demography and economic balance, and regional and international events. Sectarianism is an important regional dynamic, the only tension that cuts across a number of Muslim countries at once to challenge religious and social stability in the Muslim world.


About the Yohsin Lecture Series

Yohsin is a verb that comes from Habib University's motto from Imam Ali, “The worth of every human is in their yohsin,” where yohsin resonates with husn (grace), ehsaan (generosity) and ahsan (excellence). The Yohsin Lecture Series is thus meant to promote thought that approaches these qualities.

Speaker Profile

Dr. Vali Nasr is the Dean for School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. He is a scholar on the Middle East, a foreign policy adviser and a commentator on international relations. His last book, The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat, is forcefully persuasive. It charts a course for America in the Muslim world, Asia, and beyond. Currently, he is a senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, a columnist for the New York Times, a member of the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Affairs Policy Board, and a director of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the National Democratic Institute. Professor Nasr has a PhD in Political Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He will be speaking on the “Growing Role of Sectarianism in Muslim Politics Globally and in Pakistan”.

Location Map

Conference Will Be Held At

Habib University City Campus

Registrations for the Yohsin Lecture Series are now closed! To accommodate interested parties, Habib University is giving you the chance to be the audience for the recording of a TV show with Dr. Vali Nasr with host Dr. Moeed Pirzada of ARY News.

Discussion points for the TV Show: Why have Pakistan and US relations continued to remain strained despite all the human and material suffering Pakistan endured since its alignment with the United States after 9/11? What are the changing fault-lines in the region which keep US and Pakistan on the opposing ends? What role religious fanatics and sectarian warriors play? Where does India fit into? What does US want out of Pakistan? Can Pakistan ever satisfy USA's ever changing strategic needs?

Dr. Moeed Pirzada, prominent TV Anchor and Editor Strategic Affairs, ARY Network, will moderate a discussion between a Panel consisting of Prof. Vali Nasr, Dean Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; Dr. Nauman Naqvi and Mr. Wasif Rizvi, Acting Dean of the School of Arts, Humanities & Sciences and the President of Habib University respectively, and the participants in the university Auditorium. This will be your chance to ask raise your voice and be heard. ARY will broadcast the program next week, after inserting Urdu-subtitles, in its 10 pm slot.

Join us at the Habib University, Auditorium, Habib University, Block 18, Gulistan-e-Jauhar University Avenue , Off Shahrah-e-Faisal at 3:30 pm on Sunday, 23rd November. Cameras will roll at 4 pm sharp.

You can also attend the “Growing Role of Sectarianism in Muslim Politics, Globally and in Pakistan" virtually

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