Report on International Workshop on Islamic Peace Ethics, October 2015

The workshop “Islamic Peace Ethics: Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence in Contemporary Islamic Thought” was held from 15th to 17th October 2015 in Hamburg, Germany. More than twenty researchers from different countries including Indonesia, Pakistan, Iran, Germany, UK USA, and Belgium participated in this workshop. The presented papers discussed the peace and war in contemporary Islamic thought from different disciplines such as theology, philosophy, religious studies, cultural studies and political sciences. A main characteristic of the workshop was its diverse topics and approaches: it included papers discussing peace ethics of different groups and scholars representing both Sunni and Shia branches of Islam as well as different positions towards violence from pacifist and traditionalist to fundamentalist groups and scholars. This text is a very brief review about eighteen papers of the workshop1 that can be categorized in two main groups: “methodologies and theories” and “case studies”. read more here