IGE Delegation Returns from Visit to Pakistan
At the invitation of the Iqbal Institute for Research and Dialogue at the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Dr. Chris Seiple gave two lectures on 11 and 12 January 2010. The first lecture, “Trends in American Evangelicalism: Implications for Engaging Islam,” was given to an invite-only selection of scholars from the National School of Shari’a (Islamic jurisprudence) and the National School of Da’wa (Islamic missiology) at the Islamic University. The second lecture, “Justice as a Bridge between Christian and Muslim Misunderstanding,”was given to the faculty and students of the social sciences at Islamic University. Dr. Seiple was also privileged to appear on the national security talk show, “Insight with Dr. Riffat,” where he discussed U.S. policy in Afghanistan.
Upon his return, Dr. Seiple offered reflections and recommendations at theThe Christian Science Monitor on the three things that the U.S. must understand in order to end the Taliban insurgencies on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistani border: respect, reconciliation, and religious freedom.
For additional insight on how IGE has engaged Pakistan, please see Dr. Seiple’s August 2009 presentation at Google Headquarters in California:“Religious Freedom: the Ultimate Counterterrorism Weapon?”
Also see Josh White’s, Pakistan’s Islamist Frontier for a detailed discussion of religion and politics in this part of the world.