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Pakistan diplomat to discuss conflict in the Muslim world

Pakistan diplomat to discuss conflict in the Muslim world at Benedictine
September 12, 2014

Phil Brozynski
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

tirmiziLisle, Illinois ~ The Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, the College of Liberal Arts and the Global Studies major will present “Intra-Muslim Conflict: Sources and Solutions” presented by Pakistan Consul General Faisal Niaz Tirmizi from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 25 in the Krasa Presentation Room at Benedictine University.

Tirmizi is a post graduate of the Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1993, handling bilateral, multilateral, consular and administrative assignments both in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and abroad. Tirmizi has served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Desk Officer of the Middle East, Central Asia, Afghanistan and India.

“With the levels of conflict and political turmoil we see from Arab Spring, in Syria , in Iraq and in Pakistan, there is a real need to understand that this type of conflict is not new, and has a dimension to it that speaks to intra-Muslim conflict,” said Vince Gaddis, Ph.D., professor of Global Studies at Benedictine University.

“That conflict can be Sunni versus Shia, theocratic versus democratic or any number of other factors,” he added. “The value of having Mr. Tirmizi here is that he has the experience and knowledge to really assist the community in understanding both the sources and the solutions to these dynamic intra-Muslim conflicts.”

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