Rabbi Abie Ingber, founding director of Xavier University’s Office of Interfaith Community Engagement and an adjunct professor of Theology, has been invited to speak at the 2012 Conference of the Cameroon Muslim Students Association (CAMSU) from Aug. 23-31 in Douala. CAMSU is the most representative Muslim student association in the country with more than 10,000 members.
The central theme of the conference is “Muslim youth and the challenge of the dialogue of civilizations.” At the end of the conference, each participant must understand Islamic principles governing dialogue between different civilizations and appreciate the importance of dialogue in the context of contemporary society. This will involve: recognizing paths that can lead to religious extremism and knowing how not to fall prey; reminding participants of the role youth must play in constructing a society that is pure and responsible based on authentic Islam; and reminding participants of the importance of dialogue and the need to present authentic Islam as a complete way of life.
Ingber will offer two presentations - addressing Americans’ perceptions of Islam and 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 says. “That its participants are young African Muslim leaders is exactly where the educational emphasis should be. Inviting an American Jewish Rabbi from a Roman Catholic university is beyond imagination.”
Xavier’s College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Theology and the United States Embassy in Cameroon have underwritten the trip.