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Religious Freedom and Peace in South and Southwest Asia

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What creates greater religious freedom and peaceful diverse societies? Many cultures and religious beliefs teach respect for people of different beliefs, yet we see persecution of religious minorities throughout South and Southwest Asia, from Hindu nationalists who persecute Muslims in India to radical Sunni Muslims who persecute Ahmadiyya in Pakistan. Christians also suffer discrimination and mistreatment in these regions and are the most persecuted religious group globally according to a study by the University of Notre Dame's Center for Ethics and Culture and the Religious Freedom Institute. Many thoughtful Muslims acknowledge that radical Islamism leads to terrorism and religious persecution. The reasons for its emergence are complex. What can be done about it?

Join us for a discussion on fostering religious freedom and peace with Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, the President of Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy & Dialogue, the 106th Bishop of Rochester, and the former Bishop of Raiwind in Pakistan, and Hussain Haqqani, former Pakistani ambassador to the United States and Senior Fellow and Director for South and Central Asia at Hudson Institute.