Tariq Ramadan is widely viewed as one of the most influential global thinkers in the world, named by Time Magazine, and Foreign Policy magazine in their top 100 lists of innovators, influential intellectuals, and global thinkers.
Join The City Library, with The Telemachus Foundation, and Friends of the City Library as they welcome Ramadan for a discussion focusing on peace in the Middle East and moving forward after the Arab Spring.
Across the Arab World, millions of women and men took to the streets, showing that dictators can be overthrown without weapons. But what happens now? Ramadan explores the challenges across North Africa and the Middle East, as they look to create new, more open societies, in particular, the role Islam can play as a reference at this critical moment in the evolution of the Arab world, and the possible ways in which Islamic principles and goals can be rethought.
Dr. Ramadan's lecture is funded by The Telemachus Foundation, Friends of the City Library, The Barbara & Norman Tanner Center for Nonviolent Human Advocacy, University of Utah; and Westminster College; with additional support by Gandhi Alliance for Peace; Middle East Center, University of Utah; Peace and Justice Studies, Utah Valley University; Peaceful Uprising; Utahns for Just Peace in the Holy Land; and Wasatch Coalition for Peace and Justice.
A reception and book signing will follow the lecture, with books available to purchase from The King's English Bookshop.
Tariq Ramadan is a Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University (Oriental Institute, St Antony’s College) and also teaches in the Oxford Faculty of Theology. He is a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies (Qatar), and the University of Malaysia Perlis; Senior Research Fellow at Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan) and Director of the Research Centre of Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) (Doha, Qatar). He holds an MA in Philosophy and French literature and PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Geneva. In Cairo, Egypt he received one-on-one intensive training in classic Islamic scholarship from Al-Azhar University scholars (ijazat in seven disciplines). Through his writings and lectures Tariq Ramadan has contributed to the debate on the issues of Muslims in the West and Islamic revival in the Muslim world. He is active at academic and grassroots levels lecturing extensively throughout the world on theology, ethics, social justice, ecology and interfaith as well intercultural dialogue. He is President of the European think tank: European Muslim Network (EMN) in Brussels.
Latest books: Islam and the Arab Awakening,OUP (September 2012); The Arab Awakening: Islam and the New Middle East, Penguin (April 2012); The Quest for Meaning, Developing a Philosophy of Pluralism, Penguin (2010); What I believe, OUP USA (2009); Radical Reform, Islamic Ethics and Liberation, OUP USA (2008). Tariq Ramadan's website.
Location: Main Library Auditorium
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