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Ramadan Lecture | The Role of Animals in Building the Early Muslim Polity – Prof. Sarra Tlili

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Partners in Sacred History:  The Role of Animals  in Building the Early Muslim Polity
By Professor Sarra Tlili

Please join us for the first of two online lectures this Ramadan, timed to end at maghrib and the breaking of the fast. 

About the Lecture
When Prophet Muhammad emigrated to Mecca, a spider and two doves reportedly worked together to hide him from his chasers – one by weaving a spider net at the entrance of the cave where he hid, the others by setting their nest in front of the same cave. This is one of numerous anecdotes that point to a sense of interspecies affinity, and indicate that the early Muslim community perceived non-human creatures as partners and helpers.

Sarra Tlili, PhD is associate Professor of Arabic literature and language at the University of Florida. She obtained her Masters and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department. Her main research areas are animal and environmental ethics in Islam and Qur’anic stylistics.

Date: Saturday April 24, 2021
Time: 7:10 pm (to end at maghrib, 8:13 pm)
Location: virtual by Zoom
Admission: Free
Access: Click here at the appropriate date/time
Please note: you will be put in the virtual ‘waiting room’ until the start of the program.


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