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RETHINKING

ISLAM & THE WEST

A New Narrative for the Age of Crises

RETHINKING

ISLAM & THE WEST

ISLAM AND THE WEST have been neighbours for 1400 years. The West grew up under the shadow of Islam, and then after the Renaissance, in a dramatic reversal of roles, the West became world conquerors and subdued all other cultures and civilisations, including Islam. This transformation ushered in the modern world, a world unlike any that had existed before.

All nations are now judged according to their scientific progress, technological development and economic growth. And yet, humanity is now experiencing multiple crises that are threatening our very existence. Population explosion, financial, social and political instability, the alarming growth of mental illness, the threat of nuclear annihilation and climate change all loom over humanity like a dark cloud. Simultaneously, the world is witnessing a dangerous escalation in the polarisation between Islam and the West.

In this thought-provoking book, we are invited to view the crises we are facing and the tangled relationship between Islam and the West through a different lens. Keeler proposes that the true yardstick for measuring success should be the balance achieved between the spiritual, social and material needs of humanity, a balance which makes it possible to live in harmony with nature. When the world is viewed from this perspective, a completely different picture of Islam and the West emerges. .

Ahmed Paul Keeler

AHMED KEELER is the author of Rethinking Islam & the West. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Centre of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge, and was a  Distinguished Fellow at The Faculty of Leadership and Management, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia in 2016. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Bolton in 2016.

AL-Mizan

In April 2016, the fortieth anniversary of the World of Islam Festival took place at SOAS, University of London. A high point of the Festival was an evening of the recitation of the Quran by the great qari, Sheikh Mahmoud Khalil al-Husary.
To commemorate this event Ali Keeler recited the opening ayats of Surah al-Rahman. Ahmed Paul Keeler then introduced the concept of al-Mizan, which forms a part of Surah al-Rahman.

Book Launch

SOAS BOOK LAUNCH

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RETHINKING

ISLAM & THE WEST

DATE & TIME TO BE RESCHEDULED
Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG

RETHINKING ISLAM & THE WEST

Ahmed Paul Keeler

DATE & TIME TO BE RESCHEDULED
Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG

THE AUTHOR INVITES you to join him for the launch event of his book, Rethinking Islam & the West. In this thought-provoking book we are invited to view the crises we are facing and the tangled relationship between Islam and the through a different lens. Keeler proposes that the true yardstick for measuring success should be the balance achieved between the spiritual, social and material needs of humanity, a balance which makes it possible to live in harmony with nature. When the world is viewed from this perspective, a completely different picture of Islam and the West emerges.

The event will feature a slide presentation, a conversation with the author, a Q&A session, and an opportunity to purchase signed copies of the book.

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UPCOMING and PREVIOUS Events

Check below for upcoming events coming to your area and for photos, videos and texts from previous events,
including the Inaugural Book Launch at the University of Cambridge.

UPCOMING EVENTS

SOAS BOOK LAUNCH

Wednesday 18th of January 2020  6:30PM
Brunei Gallery, SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG

PREVIOUS EVENTS

LONDON BOOK LAUNCH

Saturday 25th of January 2020  2:30–4:30 PM
London Central Mosque & Islamic Cultural Centre
London, NW8 7RG

CAMBRIDGE BOOK LAUNCH

Monday 4th of November 2019  6 PM
The McCrum Lecture Theatre
Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

GLASGOW BOOK LAUNCH

Sunday 17th of November 2019  5 PM
Andalus Centre
New City Road, Glasgow

LIVERPOOL BOOK LAUNCH

Sunday 19th of January 2020  4–7 PM
Abdullah Quilliam Mosque
Liverpool, L6 1AE

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