Following the Erbial meeting, a conference on  Reconciliation and Citizenship in Iraq:
A Consultation of Civic and Religious Leaders, was held in Bern, 18–19 June 2016.
This was organized by the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO),  Hikmat Center for Dialogue and CSIME.
Among the participants from Iraq were Dr. Mashhadani (former speaker of Parliament), Dr. Waleed al Hilli advisor to the Prime Minister of Iraq, Archbishop Nawfali of Basrah and South Chaldean Church, and a few other prominent scholars and thinkers.
In addition to Iraqis, some European ambassadors and scholars were also attended the conference.
Right after the meeting, Organizers and Dr. Mashhadani, had a private meeting with Mr. Rosseir ,the State Secretary of Switzerland in which they discussed the current situation of Iraq and ways of defeating ISIS and how to rebuild Mosel after Daish.
CSIME board member and senior advisor, Mr. David Laylin, participated in a symposium Sept 7th, organized by the Washington think tank, the Atlantic Council. The subject was the disappearing Hamoun wetlands of Sistan, Iran and the need for technical and financial assistance from the World Bank. The documentary film, Once a Hamoun, directed by the well-known film maker, Mohammad Ehsani, was shown. David Laylin was instrumental in getting this film made, approved and shown. He also participated in the panel discussion.
There is a webcast available at:
Click the link to here for his remarks.


Dr. Noori’s talk at the ILEC 2016 International Legal Ethics Conference VII

The seventh International Legal Ethics Conference was held from July 14 to 16 at Fordham Law School. The three-day conference, held every other year in a different country, featured more than 80 programs on a range of topics including access to justice, international rule of law, challenges to judicial integrity, and professional regulation. More than 400 prominent academics, practicing lawyers, and regulators from around the world presented papers, spoke on panels, and engaged in discussions concerning the legal profession and legal ethics.

“For the first time, hundreds of lawyers and legal academics from 60 countries gathered in one place to discuss the role of lawyers and judges in promoting the rule of law in both developed and developing countries,” said Bruce Green, director of the Stein Center and holder of the Louis Stein Chair of Law. “Despite differences in our legal systems and cultures, lawyers from around the world can learn from each other.” The theme of this year’s conference was the “Ethics and Regulation of Lawyers Worldwide: Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspectives.”

Dr. Seyed Masoud Noori, (Trinity University Center for International Engagement/ US) and his colleagues Zoha Savadkouhifar, (University of Tehran/ Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University of Law/ Pakistan); Muhammad Sarfaraz Ali Metlo, (Qaisar & Metlo Law Chambers/ Pakistan) and Rana Sajjad Ahmad, (Advocate, High Court/ Pakistan) had a panel discussion titled “Comparative Study on Legal Education and Ethics in Two Islamic Neighbor Countries: Current Situation and Future Perspectives”

About this Program: Iran and Pakistan are among the four countries that are called “Islamic Republics” in their Constitutions.  Therefore, Islamic rules are points of connection between them.  However, their legal systems differ, and they have different codes of conduct for judges and different regulation of judges and lawyers.  In this program, the panelists will begin by describing the current state of judicial and legal ethics in Iran and Pakistan, based on the rules, education system of law students, and their own experiences.  They will then discuss challenges and opportunities ahead, and suggest guidelines and solutions, to promote ethical practice of judges and lawyers toward the end of promoting the rule of law in both countries.  Finally, the panelists will invite questions, feedback and suggestions from attendees in light of the experience in their own judicial and legal systems.

This was the third time that Dr. Iravani attended this significant gathering which comprised of various world leaders. As a scholar and as a member of Global Agenda Council, he played an active role at the Forum.

Dr. Iravani, as a panelist, contributed in four public and private sessions.

In addition, he started his first day by offering prayer and some words at the church.

He was able to meet with world leaders including U.S.  Vice Presedent Baidn, Secretary of State Dr. Kerry, Iranian Chief of Staff and  Special Envoy Dr. Nahavandian, Iranian Foreign minster D. Zarif, Dr. Ashraf Ghani Afghanistan President, Dr al Ibadi Prime Minster of Iraq. In all of these meeting he discussed the significant roles of faith and faith leaders in bringing peace and stability to the region. Also, he expressed his thanks and appreciation for all of those countries which played a positive role and supported the deal between Iran and the West.

He also participated in Dr. Davoutpglou’s dinner reception, Prime Minister of Turkey in which they discussed the positive effects of Turkey utilizing its friendly relations to create peace between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Report April 2016 – Dr. Akhlaq


Dr. Akhlaq presentation at Borah Symposium in Idaho University

Following official invitation of Borah Committee, Borah Symposium 2016 on “Waging Peace,” 4-6 April in University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, Dr. Sayed Hassan Akhlaq presented at the Panel Discussion on Refugee Crisis alongside with Kristin Haltinner (Assistant Professor, UI), Jan Reeves (Director, Idaho Office for Refugees), and Craig Redmond (Senior Vice President of Programs, Mercy Corps). Dr. Akhlaq criticized the reproachful propaganda about Refugees Crisis and called for a return to roots of European culture in the Enlightenment. During his stay in Idaho, Dr. Akhlaq presented a talk about Islamic Philosophy at the Philosophy Department of UI. Both panel and talk were followed with QA which provided a chance for detailed discussion.

For more information about Borah Symposium look at the following link:


CSIMI at Indiana University,

Dr. Akhlaq presented his last work on Salman, the Persian, and his Position in Inter and Intra-Faith Dialogue in Earlier Islam at a Professional workshop on “Workshop on Holistic Approaches to the Study of Early Islam and the Late Antique World,” April 15-17, 2016, in Indiana University.  The purpose of workshop was to trace the intercultural and inter-faith study to the earlier time of Islam and the late antiquity. During stay at Indiana University Dr. Akhlaq also had several meetings with Professor Nazif Shahrani, the distinguished Afghani anthropologist.

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CSIME at the Special Seminar on “Divine Will, Creation and providence in Arab Philosophy”

Dr. Akhlaq represented CSIME at the special seminar held Marquette University on the Marquette Campus with attendance via Skype throughout the World. There were 8 Friday and Monday meetings during Winter/Spring 2016 on “Divine Will, Creation and Providence in the Greek, Arabic, and Latin Medieval Traditions.” Dr. Akhlaq attended the meeting with many comments on comparative philosophy as well as examining Islamic philosopher from an insider viewpoint.  To learn more, click the following link:


CSIME at the Event Understanding and Overcoming Poverty

Dr. Akhlaq gave a talk at the Catholic University of America on the vent: “Poverty through the Lens of Culture and Values: Case Studies of Latin America and Islam” at April 14, 2016. The presentation discussed the meaning and implications of Zakat in Islam. It was followed by AQ session and welcomed by audiences. To learn more, see the following link:


CSIME at the American Academy of Religion

Dr. Akhlaq represented CSIME at the MAR-AAR 2016 Annual Conference at Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, NJ, March 9-11, 2016.  He presented two papers. The first at the Section “Religion, Conflict, and Peace” and Session on The Impact of Religious Belief and Practice on Peace and Violence. Dr. Akhlaq Presented “Peacemaking Is a Manifest Victory – Inside and Outside; the Quranic Chapter 48.” The second at the Section “Religion, Gender, and Sexuality” and Session on Interfaith Spirituality and Women. Dr. Akhlaq presented “Reflections on Feminist Steaks in Averroes.”  For more information, the detailed program is available at the following link:



In cooperation with  Hikmat Center for Dialogue, CSIME arranged a visit for the director and senior advisers of Peace Research Center of Oslo (PRIO) on January 2016.

During the visit, Dr. Iravani, and Norwegian delegation met with Grand Ayatollah Hakim, lectured at Kufah University, and met and discussed the current situation of Iraq with clergies, writers, and civil society activists.

They also paid visit to the orphanage facility of Grand Ayatollah Hakim which provides different kinds of help to thousand of children and widows.

Dr. Iravain also payed visit to Al Alamain University. He met with the President as well as HE Syed Bahraloloum along with some faculties.

In their meetings, they explored different ways of cooperation between two institutions.

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This declaration sums up the joint recommendations of a group of intellectuals and religious leaders from a wide range of Iraqi communities and from several European countries. It resulted from a conference that took place in Erbil on 2-5 June 2016. The declaration is based on an inclusive concept of Iraqi citizenship where sectarian identities must be overcome and aim at promoting constructive political engagement within Iraqi society.  It elucidates how respect for the dignity of the individual, for diversity and the rule of law willfurther democracy in Iraq and provide the basis for necessary reconciliation processes.  The conference was hosted by the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), the Hikmeh Center for Dialogue and Cooperation (HCDC), and the Center for the Study of Islam and the Middle East(CSIME).

To read the Erbil Declaration in English Click Here. You can also read the Arabic version Here.