Noor Cultural Centre

Discussion | Peace Be With You: Islam & Its Heritage of Non-Violence

Oct 5th 2011
Peace Be With You: Islam and Its Heritage of Non-Violence
Featuring Amitabh Pal and Dr. Ramin Jahanbegloo

Date: Friday October 28, 2011
7:00-9:00 pm
Location: Auditorium, Noor Cultural Centre
Admission: $5

A widely prevalent notion in the West is that Islam is a religion defined by violence.  In fact, that belief is a distortion of the religion’s tradition, history, and the actions and beliefs of many of its followers around the globe today.  There is a rich heritage of non-violence in Islam – in its sources and history, as well as in modern-day Muslim societies.

Amitabh Pal is the author of ““Islam”Means Peace: Understanding the Muslim Principle of Non-Violence Today” (Praeger; 2011) *.  He is managing editor of “The Progressive Magazine“, founded in 1909, and co-editor of the “Progressive Media Project“, an op-ed service.  He has interviewed several eminent personalities for the magazine, including Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, the Dalai Lama, and Joseph Stiglitz.  His work has been included in school and college textbooks, and he has appeared on BBC, C-SPAN, and on radio stations through the United States and abroad.

Ramin Jahanbegloo (Ph.D) is an Iranian-Canadian philosopher, who is presently a Professor of Political Science and Research Fellow in the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto, and a member of the advisory board of PEN Canada. In April 2006, he was arrested in Tehran for involvement in the velvet revolution and placed in solitary confinement for four months. He is the winner of the 2009 Peace Prize from the United Nations Association in Spain for his extensive academic works in promoting dialogue between cultures and his advocacy for non-violence.  He is the author of many books, including, “Iran: Between Tradition and Modernity” and “The Gandhian Moment

*Copies of this book will be available for sale.