Lesley’s yearlong focus on Islam and America features Dr. Ali Asani’s lecture on how to bridge religious, cultural gaps. American society and institutions are more racially and culturally diverse than ever, yet a spirit of understanding and acceptance of differences remains elusive. That paradox is abundantly evident today in America’s relationship with Islam. Dr. Ali Asani, Harvard University professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic religion and … Continue reading ‘Religious illiteracy’ at root of distrust and bigotry, Islam expert says — Lesley University
Thursday, November 5at 7:30pm in EST Emory University Math and Science, Room E208 Presented by the Aga Khan Council for the Southeast and Emory Muslim Student Association, Dr. Scott Kugle, associate professor at Emory, will present the topic on Sufism. You are invited to explore the historical, political, and sociological role Sufism has played within Muslim empires and dynasties. There will be time for Q&A … Continue reading Aga Khan Council for the Southeast and Emory Muslim Student Association to host Dr. Scott Kugle
For Wed, 11/04/2015 – 16:00 Dr. Ali S. Asani is Harvard professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures and the director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program. On November 4, he will share an overview of Islam and speak about contemporary issues such as the meaning, the different interpretations, and the evolution of the term “jihad,” as well as women in … Continue reading An Understanding of Islam with Dr. Ali Asani on November 4 | Cambridge Community Television
The start of holy month of Moharram witnesses a serious debate regarding Shia Islam amongst the Sunni Muslims of Pakistan. Unfortunately in many of the aspects, this debate is driven by emotions and misconceptions and has no knowledge based reasoning. The misguiding concepts of the two groups about each other have done nothing more than seriously destroying the unity of Muslims around the world while … Continue reading Misconceptions about Shia Islam: A Sunni perspective | Pakistan Herald
By Parvez Ahmed, Professor, University of North Florida Posted: 06/30/2015 1:21 pm EDT | Updated: 06/30/2015 1:59 pm EDT Egyptian writer Mona Eltahawy in a New York Times article recounted her 2005 encounter with Mohammed Akef, the then spiritual leader of Muslim Brotherhood. When she suggested to Akef that the verses in the Quran regarding women’s dress have several interpretations, Akef replied, “… There are … Continue reading Pluralism in Islam – Between Scripture and Praxis
Moin Qazi – The Kashmir Monitor – 11 September 2015 Islamic literature is full of injunctions about the centrality of an education based on ethics and proper ends. Individual responsibility, when it comes to communicating, learning and teaching is central to the Islamic message. Muslims are expected to be “witnesses to their message before people”, which means speaking in a decent way, preventing cheating and … Continue reading Islam’s Legacy of Pluralism
The term sufi, from the Arabic suf is thought to have been derived in the eight century to refer to those who wore coarse woollen garments. Gradually it came to be designated to a group of those who differentiated themselves by stressing certain teachings of the Qur’an and the sunnah. By the ninth century, the term tasawwuff (literally “being a Sufi”) was adopted by some … Continue reading Sufism aims the individual to a spiritual awakening through prayer and devotion
Following the announcement last year that the Keir Collection would arrive at the DMA on a long-term loan, the Museum opened in May 2014 a focused exhibition of one of the collection’s most notable works: a rock crystal ewer from Egypt’s Fatimid Caliphate (969–1171), one of only seven of its kind in existence. The ewer will remain on view at the DMA as part of the new exhibition.
Texas has the fifth largest Muslim population in the United States, and until now Dallas has been the only one of the four largest metropolitan areas in the nation lacking a significant public display of the art of the Islamic world. None of the projects of DMX, including the Keir loan, involve fees, but instead are intended to foster scholarship, relationship-building and lifelong learning.
Dallas Museum of Art to Present First North American Exhibition of One of the World’s Leading Islamic Art Collections
Spirit and Matter Exhibition Will Include More Than 50 Masterworks from Rarely Exhibited Keir Collection
Dallas, TX—September 17, 2015— This fall, the Dallas Museum of Art will mount Spirit and Matter: Masterpieces from the Keir Collection of Islamic Art, the first North American exhibition from one of the world’s most significant and rarely exhibited private collections of Islamic art. Opening on September 18, this unprecedented exhibition will showcase more than 50 of the most historically important masterworks from the Keir Collection, which is arriving in Dallas this year on a 15-year loan to the DMA.
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Former Roman Catholic nun Karen Armstrong, who has spent her life writing about world religions, insists faith not the main cause of violence. By: Jennifer Hunter Nov 21 2014 – British author Karen Armstrong is a former Roman Catholic nun who has spent her life researching and writing about the world’s great religions. Her latest book, Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence, … Continue reading Religion not principal source of violence in world, Karen Armstrong argues | Toronto Star
How might non-Muslim Canadians engage intelligently in the conversation we all need to have?
To begin, I suggest that they:
- Read two books by the thoughtful English writer Karen Armstrong, entitled Islam: A Short History and Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time, plus Globe and Mail columnist Doug Saunders’s The Myth of the Muslim Tide: Do Immigrants Threaten the West?
- Visit the Aga Khan Museum (as well as its gardens) in Toronto and appreciate the rich culture included in the exhibitions. Also, as a caution, visit the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba where, after the Muslims were driven out of Spain in the 13th century, their monumental mosque was converted into a Catholic cathedral (to my eye, a monstrosity even though I normally love medieval cathedrals), marring a place of rare peace and beauty.
- Watch Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World, a documentary film that has been shown on PBS and is available on DVD.
The first revelation to the Prophet was about knowledge and learning. The pursuit of knowledge is the central message of the Qur’an. The value placed on knowledge in the Qur’an became the foundation for the development of education among Muslims. As Islam spread outside the Arabian peninsula, the new Muslim rulers came into contact with people who had relatively sophisticated ideas about theology, medicine, astronomy, … Continue reading Early Muslim societies were characterized by a rich intellectual and literary tradition
Fasting and the Month of Ramadan This week marks the beginning of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Muslim lunar calendar. Muslims of various communities of interpretation across the world commemorate the month of Ramadan through additional religious practices such as reading the Qur’an, supererogatory prayers, acts of charity, dhikr or invoking the Names of God, spiritual reflection, and fasting. The Holy Qur’an Surah 2, … Continue reading Chandraat Reading: Fasting and the Month of Ramadan
#NavrozMubarak! May this New Year bring you great joy, good health and prosperity. http://t.co/H2oWXro0bH pic.twitter.com/yMWYWwiPae — Sen. Mobina Jaffer (@SenJaffer) March 21, 2015 In #YYC our substantial #Iranis S.Asians #Tajiks & Afghans incl all Ismailis have been celebrating #Navroz 4 past wk! pic.twitter.com/f1wjgUoyRb — Al-Karim Walli (@aswalli) March 21, 2015 Statement by Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau on Nowruz http://t.co/yK7lzIsWF8 — Salma Zahid … Continue reading Navroz Mubārak Tweet Collection
In Muslim regions, gardens are seen as places of peace, an escape from the noise outside, and perhaps the best place on earth to feel close to God. Indeed, the Qur’an offers several references to the idea of jannat al-firdaus or gardens of paradise, ranging from blissful retreat to secure refuge. These images have fed centuries of Muslim art, narrative, and design. Along with being … Continue reading Gardens are an integral feature of Islamic architectural design