Rabbi Abie Ingber, director of Xavier's Office of Interfaith Community Engagement, has been invited to speak at the 2012 Conference of the Cameroon Muslim Students Association from Thursday, Aug. 23, through Friday, Aug. 31, in Douala, Cameroon, on Africa's west coast. The conference is the most representative Muslim student association in the country with more than 10,000 members.
The conference theme is “Muslim youth and the challenge of the dialogue of civilizations.” The goal for each participant is to understand the Islamic principles governing dialogue between different civilizations and its importance in contemporary society. This involves recognizing paths that can lead to religious extremism and knowing how to avoid them. Participants are reminded of the role youth must play in constructing a society that is pure and responsible based on authentic Islam.
Ingber is offering two presentations. One addresses Americans’ perceptions of Islam while the other focuses on creating a community that moves from interfaith tolerance to celebration.
“A Muslim leader I met and hosted here at Xavier has convened a Muslim student conference around Cameroon's Islam in relation with other world religions,” Ingber said. “That its participants are young African Muslim leaders is exactly where the educational emphasis should be.”
The College of Arts and Sciences and the department of theology at Xavier, as well as the United States Embassy in Cameroon, are underwriting the cost of Ingber’s appearance at the conference.