“Weaponizing Scripture?”–the 2nd annual graduate colloquium in Scripture, Interpretation and Practice–will convene at the University of Virginia on March 22-23, 2015.
On March 22nd at 6:15pm as part of this conference, Ambassador Aref Nayed will give the plenary lecture entitled: “Scriptures As Operational Artifacts” This plenary session will be held in Nau 101 and is open to the public.
Dr. Aref Nayed is the Libyan Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. This year, Ambassador Nayed was ranked among the top 50 most influential Muslims in the 2014/15 edition of The Muslim 500 published by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Amman, Jordan. During the Libyan revolution he was also the Chief Operations Manager of the Libya Stabilization Team, and before the liberation of Tripoli in 2011, he was appointed by the National Transitional Council of Libya as the coordinator of the Tripoli Taskforce.
In addition to his ambassadorial duties, Dr. Nayed is the founder and director of Kalam Research and Media, Senior Advisor to the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme, Fellow of the Royal Aal Al-Bayt Institute in Jordan, Visiting Professor at Fatih Sultan Mehmet University in Istanbul, and a member of the Board of Advisors at the Templeton Foundation. Among his past positions are professorships at the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic studies in Rome and the International Institute for Islamic Thought and Civilization in Malaysia. His published works include Operational Hermeneutics: Interpretation as the Engagement of Operational Artifacts (KRM, 2011), and the forthcoming Catholic Engagements: A Muslim Theologian’s Journey in Muslim-Catholic Dialogue (KRM) and The Future of Muslim Theology (Blackwell).
For more information on Dr. Nayed, visit his profile on Kalam Research and Media’s website.