Assassination of Governor Punjab and the Context of Blasphemy Laws – Seminar

Date: Wednesday, 12th Jan 2011
Time: 7pm
Location: Room G3, Russell Square Building, SOAS
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG

After the recent barbaric assassination of Salman Taseer, the Governor of Pakistan’s largest province, Punjab – Pakistan is again standing at a crossroad.

Salman Taseer’s crime: To show support to Aasia Bibi – a victim of the Blasphemy law. He was in support of efforts to get her pardoned by the President of Pakistan, whilst also supporting/suggested changes in the implementation of the law, which at times has been used for the wrongful victimisation of religious minorities.

SOAS Pakistan Society is holding a talk/seminar in the wake of this tragic event and we are honoured to have the following panel.
SPEAKERS:
Dr. Tahir Kamran
Iqbal Chair, University of Cambridge
Former Head of History Department, Government College Lahore. He has worked on extremism and terrorism.
Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed
Jinnah Chair, University of Oxford
An academic and prolific writer on security issues in South Asia and politics of the Muslim world.
Dr Tahir Wasti
PhD in Law, SOAS
He worked on Islamic law in his PhD.
The development of Islamic law and its application in the Muslim world.
Prof. Asad Ali
Social Anthropology, Harvard University
He covered blasphemy issue in his PhD at Chicago University Title: ‘Adjudicating Muslims: Law, Religion and the State in Colonial India & Post-Colonial Pakistan.’

Note: This event is free and open to all.

Contact:
Sheharyar Khan (President) 07403167905
Amir Ali Khan (General Secretary) 07888756837
Email: soaspaksoc2010@gmail.com
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