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The Society for Middle Eastern Studies is a Boston University graduate student organization that seeks to create an intellectual and academic environment within the university for the discussion of social, political and cultural issues in Middle Eastern countries. This week, the society organized a panel discussion titled "Examining Religious Violence - A Panel on Tolerance and Intolerance in Monotheistic Religions" that tackled various topics such as violence in Islamic thought and the role of tolerance in church and state.

On this week's show, we heard the first two of the four talks given at the symposium. Professor Adam Seligman, of Boston University's Division of Religious and Theological Studies, spoke on "Toleration and Tradition," and looked at how the concept and practice of toleration has evolved throughout the history of monotheistic religions. Professor Qamar-ul Huda, of Boston College's School of Theology, spoke on reassessing Violence in Islamic Thought" and explained Islamic laws regarding war and the reasoning behind Islamic fundamentalists.

This program aired on October 13, 2002.

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