Noor Cultural Centre

Reading the Quran in our Times: A Conversation with Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl

Oct 7th 2020

Reading the Quran in our Times:  A Conversation with Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl

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The Quran is the central text that anchors the entire Islamic message, the heart and soul of what Islam is and what it means to be an observant Muslim today. Like all religious scriptures revealed in a past age, the Quran requires exegetical analysis (tafseer) to understand its meaning and application in other times and contexts. Muslims believe that the Quran is the literal word of God as revealed to the Prophet Muhammad over a period of 23 years in the 7th century. It is arranged into 114 chapters (surahs).

Please join us for an exceptional opportunity to hear and engage with Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl as he speaks about his new Quran halaqa project to interpret the text chapter by chapter, illumining the unique meaning of each chapter using his novel methodology based on a lifetime of engagement with the text as scholar and believer.   
(Click here for more information, including ways to support the project.)

Introduction by:  Dr Nader Hashemi  – Director of the Center for Middle East Studies, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Discussion facilitated by: Azeezah Kanji, LLM – Director of Programming, Noor Cultural Centre

There will be approximately 30 mins for Q&A.

Date: Wednesday August 19, 2020

Time: 7-9 pm (Toronto/Eastern) (4-6 pm Pacific; 5-7 pm Mountain)

Access: go to the Noor Facebook page at the appropriate date/time (click here) – visit the ‘Videos’ section, accessible via the left-hand side of the page. 
Questions/comments to Dr. Abou El Fadl can be submitted through the comments section under the video. 
Please note: you do not need a Facebook account to view, although you will not be able to submit questions without one. 

Admission: Free (any requests for credit card information would not be by us, and should be ignored)
Please consider supporting Dr. Abou El Fadl’s new Quran halaqa project (click here)


About Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl

Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl is one of the world’s leading authorities on Shari’ah, Islamic law and Islam, and a prominent scholar in the field of human rights. He is the Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Distinguished Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law where he teaches International Human Rights; Islamic Jurisprudence; Political Asylum and Refugee Law; The Trafficking of Human Beings: Law and Policy; Political Crimes and Legal Systems; and Muslims, Race and Law. He is the founder of the Institute of Advanced Usuli Studies (“The Usuli Institute”), a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational institute dedicated to ethics, beauty and critical thinking in the Islamic intellectual tradition.

Dr. Abou El Fadl is the author of numerous highly acclaimed books, including Reasoning with God: Reclaiming Shari’ah in the Modern Age; The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists; and The Search for Beauty in Islam: A Conference of the Books. He writes extensively on universal themes of humanity, morality, human rights, justice, and mercy, and is well known for his writings on beauty as a core moral value of Islam. He received the University of Oslo Human Rights Award, the Leo and Lisl Eitinger Prize in 2007, and was named a Carnegie Scholar in Islamic Law in 2005, among numerous other accolades.   

Dr. Abou El Fadl holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University, a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Islamic law from Princeton University.  He is also an Islamic jurist and scholar, having received 13 years of systematic instruction in Islamic jurisprudence, grammar and eloquence in Egypt and Kuwait.