IRP Conference | 3-4 November 2009
First IRP Conference 'Studying Islam in the Public Sphere: A Critical Reflection on Knowledge Production'
The first conference in the framework of the research programme ‘Strengthening knowledge of and dialogue with the Islamic/Arab world’ took place on 3 and 4 November 2009 in Leiden and was organised by the Project Office Islam Research Programme in collaboration with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Social Development Department. The aim of the conference was to provide a platform for knowledge exchange to facilitate interaction and dialogue between academics, policy officers and practitioners, and to critically reflect upon that interaction and dialogue. The conference made use of the Chatham
House Rule. The four themes discussed: Civil Society in the Muslim World, Interaction between Academics and Policy Officers, Human Rights and Islam, Research Capacity Development in the Muslim World, specifically fore grounded the relationship between policy and academic research in the field of the study of contemporary developments in the Muslim world.