The Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE), member of Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, participated in an international conference,  International Conference of Muslims of the French speaking area (CIMEF), to discuss topic of ‘Ethics, Governance and Peace: Contributions from Islamic Thought’ in Dakar, Senegal from 23 to 26 August 2013.

The conference in Senegal is one of a number of international conferences which CILE participates in. CILE has a particular interest in Francophone countries in Africa as this area remains critical now and in the future. According to CILE, over 200 million Muslim women and men live in countries where French is the main language or at least one of the official languages. Furthermore, despite there being differences in daily routines, they are facing similar religious, social, political, economic and cultural challenges. There are a limited number of opportunities for them to exchange with other Muslims, and when they do, they are geographically limited. Many Muslims living in Francophone countries from around the world attended the international conference to discuss three main topics: Applied ethics and morality, governance and power, and peace and security.

Several high profile personalities took part during the four days of the conference and despite intensive exchanges, the open sessions fostered rich and productive debates.

During the first day, the discussion focused on the issues about ethics between the text and context, the relation between faith and behaviour, applied ethics and morality in Islam, and ethical involvement.

The second day was dedicated to four different workshops: 1) Islamic ethics and economy 2) Islamic ethics, environment and climatic change 3) Ethics applied on education 4) Bioethics. Various Islamic organizations, scholars, the Islamic Council of Senegal, the League of the Imams and preachers, Imams, Ulama Organisation, as well as various religious brotherhoods participated in the much-awaited session about the ‘Unity of the Muslims and Ethics of the Difference’ (ikhtilaf).

On the third day, delegates were given the opportunity to deal with two important topics including governance/power and power/security before leaving for the Gorée Island, notoriously known for its black slave trade. Topics about ethics applied on tourism, art, culture and media were discussed with Aminata Traoré, the former minister of tourism in Mali; Kalidou Cissé, President of Senegalese section of the International Organization of Plastic Arts; Mame Less Camara, journalist; and Tariq Ramadan, Executive Director of CILE.

During the last day, the organisers summarised the conclusion of the conference and ended with a closing plenary session of the CIMEL and a press conference.

For more information or to see a summary of the CIMEF conference, visit CILE’s website