CHHU Public Lecture June 22nd, Bishkek: The Problems of Religious Illiteracy and their Solutions

Date: 22 June 2018
Location: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Other languages: Русский язык |

June 22nd 2018, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
The Problems of Religious Illiteracy and their Solutions

Shiraz Hajiani
U.S. Fulbright Researcher in Tajikistan

In this lecture, Shiraz Hajiani will examine the global problem of religious illiteracy, some of its causes and dangerous consequences. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, increasing levels of religious extremism aligned with certain political ideologies pose serious threats to communities and societies around the world. Different approaches need to be taken by individuals and organisations; in the home, in classrooms, in places of worship and in the public sphere. Scholars, policy makers and leaders need to nurture pluralistic engagements with the “other”. This lecture will suggest approaches to develop responses to the problems of religious illiteracy and to foster more inclusive and peaceful communities and societies.

Shiraz Hajiani was a Fulbright Researcher hosted by UCA in Dushanbe. He is researching religion in Tajikistan before, during and after the Soviet period. He is a PhD candidate at University of Chicago, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. He holds a Master’s in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and an MA from the University of Chicago. Shiraz has been a lecturer at the University of Chicago Graham School since 2007,  where he has taught courses on Islamicate history, thought, classical and contemporary literature. He has also taught at Lake Forest College and Loyola University. As preceptor for the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago, he has advised over 40 MA theses.
University of Central Asia
138 Toktogul Street
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
2nd Floor Seminar Room.

The presentation will be in English. Russian translation will be provided upon prior request.

You are kindly requested to confirm your participation. Please email: Please indicate if you will require Russian translation.

* Ideas presented in this lecture reflect the personal opinion of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Central Asia and/or its employees.

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