Secular Islam Summit: The Next Islamic Enlightenment?
Having expressed the need for an Islamic reformation (or whatever its equivalent) on many occasions, I was pleased to hear about the Secular Islam Summit taking place this upcoming March 4-5 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The summit is in fact billed as the beginning of the "next Islamic Enlightenment" and according to the website:
Delegates from Egypt, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and elsewhere will address secularist interpretations of Islam, the need for KoranicSpeakers include many of the figures I've referenced in my columns, including Wafa Sultan, Ibn Warraq, Nonie Darwish, Amir Taheri, Walid Phares and Irshad Manjii. The summit was announced by Manjii during a riveting one-hour special with CNN Headline News' Glenn Beck, who's going to be covering the event.
criticism, the state of freedom of the expression in Muslim societies, educational reform.
On the optimistic side, I sincerely hope this will herald the beginning of a much-needed shift in thinking in the Islamic world. On the cynical side, I sincerely hope they have good security. Because, sadly, they're going to need it.
In any case, I'll certainly be tuning in and I hope others will do the same.
Cross-posted at Kesher Talk.