Noor Cultural Centre

Lecture | Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires

Jan 16th 2019

Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires
By Prof. Juan Cole

Please join us for this lecture by Prof. Juan Cole, based on his new book ‘Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires‘.  

About the book –
In the midst of the dramatic seventh-century war between two empires, Muhammad was a spiritual seeker in search of community and sanctuary. Many observers stereotype Islam and its scripture as inherently extreme or violent – a narrative that has overshadowed the truth of its roots. In this masterfully told account, preeminent Middle East expert Juan Cole takes us back to Islam’s – and the Prophet Muhammad’s – origin story. Cole shows how Muhammad came of age in an era of unparalleled violence. The eastern Roman Empire and the Sasanian Empire of Iran fought savagely throughout the Near East and Asia Minor. Muhammad’s profound distress at the carnage of his times led him to envision an alternative movement, one firmly grounded in peace. The religion Muhammad founded, Islam, spread widely during his lifetime, relying on soft power instead of military might, and sought armistices even when militarily attacked. Cole sheds light on this forgotten history, reminding us that in the Qur’an, the legacy of that spiritual message endures.

Juan Cole, PhD, is an American academic and commentator on the modern Middle East and South Asia. He is the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. Since 2002, he has written a weblog, Informed Comment, which is also syndicated on  He is the author of numerous books, including ‘Modernity & the Millenium’, ‘Colonialism and Revolution in the Middle East’, and ‘Engaging the Muslim World’. 

Signed copies of ‘Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires‘ will be available for sale.

Date: Saturday January 19, 2019
Time: 2-4 pm
Location: Auditorium, Noor Cultural Centre 
Admission: $5

Event Co-Sponsors:
Department of Anthropology – University of Toronto
Emmanuel College – University of Toronto
Muslim Societies, Global Perspectives – Queen’s University
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies – York University