Celebrating Islamic History Month with a Talk

October 22, 2012 | Richard

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The Qur'an and the Mystical Dimension of History



ToddOctober is Islamic History Month. On Tuesday October 30th at 7.00 p.m. in TRL's Atrium Auditorium, Todd Lawson, a faculty member of the Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations of  the University of Toronto, will give a talk: "The Qur'an and the Mystical Dimension of History".

IslammosIn this talk, Professor Lawson will highlight a number of important "sacramental" values inculcated by the Qur'an. Chief among these is the distinctive idea of history that the Qur'an describes, centered on a beginning that is purely spiritual or mystical in that it occurs before the actual creation of the world.

This beginning is the special covenant described in Qur'án 7:172.  The subsequent unfolding of history, the role of prophets and messengers, the response of humanity - whether individual or community - and the ultimate goal of this historical process will also be discussed.

A general description of the distinctive and sometimes daunting form and contents of the Qur'an will provide necessary context for the lecture.

The event will run until the Library closes at 8:30, and there should be time for a question and answer period.

All are Welcome.