Inter-faith Dialogue: Religion and violence: seeing it as it is
Uploaded 1 December 2011 | Provided by: Centre of Buddhist Studies, HKU | Views: 4,458


Among the many consequences 9/11 has left behind, renewed religious mistrust and violence might prove the most costly. As religion influences history in many ways - not least by shaping decision-makers’ worldviews - the collision between different religious worldviews has certainly contributed to further violence and war. But, do religions have any basis on which violence can be justified? Does any religious scripture authorize, promote or incentivise violence? If so, on which basis, and under which circumstances?

The Hong Kong representatives of three monotheist religions come together in this event to discuss their religions’ common grounds and differences in relation to violence.


Date: September 15, 2011 (Tonight)
Time: 1900 - 2100
Venue: Rayson Huang Theatre
Language: English



Opening remarks by: 
Professor S. P. CHOW 
(Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, HKU)


Guest of Honor:
His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Saleh Bin Abdullah Bin Humaid 
(Imam and Khateeb of the Grand Mosque in Makkah & Head of the Supreme Judicial
Council, Saudi Arabia)


Venerable SIK Hin Hung (Centre of Buddhist Studies, HKU)


Guest Speakers:
Imam Muhammad ARSHAD (Kowloon Mosque and Islamic Centre)
Reverend Will NEWMAN (
St. John’s Cathedral)
Rabbi Asher OSER (Ohel Leah Synagogue)


Ms. Uzma ASHRAF (Asian Institute of International Financial Law, Department of Law, HKU)
Mr. Simone RAUDINO (European Studies Programme, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, HKU)
Dr. C Roland VOG (European Studies Programme, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, HKU)


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