The Clash of Ignorance: The West and the Muslim World

September 28, 2016 | Richard

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October is Islamic History Month!

This year we celebrate Islamic History Month in a very timely manner by inviting speaker Dr. Shafique Virani. To be certain, the need for the kind of dialogue that Dr. Virani brings has never been greater.

Dr. Virani (Ph.D., Harvard University), distinguished Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Toronto, founding Director of  the Centre for South Asian Civilizations, and past Chair of the Department of Historical Studies, is an award-winning author and internationally recognized public speaker who has addressed people from over 50 countries and audiences of over 15,000.

IsmailisHis book, The Ismailis in the Middle Ages: A History of Survival, A Search for Salvation, is believed to be the first academic title of any major university press to have had its own book trailer. Describing him as "a visionary," the United Nations honoured him for dedicating his efforts "to the cause of extending the frontiers of knowledge and the welfare of humankind."  For some additional background, you may be interested in reading this Huffington Post article about him.

With shocking evidence, hilarious anecdotes, heart-wrenching personal stories, and brilliant insights into world events, Dr. Virani urges us to confront the clash of ignorance between the West and the Muslim world, replacing walls of misinformation with bridges of understanding. Appealing to the best in human nature, Dr. Virani presents a visionary path forward, and inspires hope for a better future.


ShafiqueThis free event takes place in the Hinton Theatre on the 3rd Floor of the Toronto Reference Library on Wednesday October 5th from 6:30 to 8:30.

No registration is required.

 All are welcome.