A WEEKEND OF TALKS BY DR. BAPTISTE BRODARD, SWISS RESEARCHER & SPEAKER
✓ Free for all. Come as you are.
(Limited seats available)
✓ Prayer spaces provided.
Bring your own prayer garments.
✓ Sign language interpreter available.
✓ Kid's Corner. (Registration required)
✓ Transport provided from Jurong/Woodlands MRT
How I Became Muslim Date: Thursday, 22 | 8:00 PM Venue: MCAS Auditorium
Synopsis: Dr. Brodard holds a Ph.D. in religious studies at the Swiss Centre for Islam and Society from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He wrote a thesis on Islamic social work in response to social problems such as exclusion and identity-based conflicts in Western societies. He has travelled to about 50 countries worldwide, intending to meet Muslim communities and scholars. He focused on social change, social actions, and cultural issues. These trips gave him a strong cultural awareness of various communities and societies.
Join Dr. Brodard as he shares what inspired him to embrace Islam at the age 18, his faith journey, and how his travels have influenced his balanced perspective in understanding Islam.
Muslims at the Crossroads Date: Friday, 23 June 2023 | 8:00 pm Venue: MCAS Auditorium
Synopsis: How do we navigate issues when at a crossroad? This talk will present pertinent matters of identity conflicts and ideologies concerning Muslims of our time. We will also explore empirical observations and studies in addressing these challenges, consider returning to and grounding ourselves with properly guided Islamic sources.
Exploring Sharia - A Way of Life Date: Saturday, 24 June 2023 | 8:00 PM Venue: Singapore Expo
This talk will expound on how God meets our needs by unravelling the five main purposes of Islamic rulings (Maqasid). Hudud Law is beyond serving consequences. Also designed to meet man’s need for protection - these Maqasid protect and preserve our life, mind, religion, wealth, and lineage. Through understanding its purpose, members of society will realise that these fundamentals are designed to protect their welfare.
Dr. Brodard is a Senior Fellow at the Maqasid Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He prepared an interdisciplinary thesis entitled "Islamic social work in Switzerland" which combines sociology, religious studies, and theology. Previously, he obtained a Bachelor's degree in political science in Paris (France) and a Master's in social sciences in Fribourg (Switzerland) and worked in the fields of development, education, counseling, and social work. He was particularly involved in social work in prison and in humanitarian aid. In parallel, he has traveled to about 50 countries in order to meet various Muslim communities and to study contemporary Islamic movements. His interest is focused on social problems and social work, grassroots humanitarian aid, contemporary Islamic movements in non-Muslim countries, faith-based social activism, and "da'wah" in Europe and Latin America. He wrote several articles on subjects related to Muslim communities in the West and their contribution to society in the field of social work.
Along with his academic cursus, he traveled to nearly 50 countries worldwide with the aim of meeting Muslim communities and scholars. He focused on social change, social actions and cultural issues. These trips gave him a strong cultural awareness of various communities and societies.
At a professional level, he worked few years as a social worker in prisons in Switzerland, as a childhood protection agent and as a adults’ trainer. He was also employed by the United Nations in Algeria as a programme and projects manager, where he was in charge among other things of a national detainees rehabilitation programme. More recently, he took part to an academic research in the UK investigating Islamic organizations and their network and political inclusion.