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Academic Year 2021-2022

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Prophet Mohammad in the Eyes of Westerners

Prof Ali Paya

Lecturer: Professor Ali Paya

Thursday 2oth October 2022
6.00 P.M. – 8.00 P.M. (LONDON TIME)

133 High Road , The Islamic College London

Prophet Mohammad in the Eyes of Westerners

The story of how, only a few decades after the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) declared his mission until our time, some among those with the power to influence the masses, i.e. preachers, clerics, politicians, scholars, artists and in modern times, the media (of all sorts, books, journals, newspapers, radios and TVs, cinema, music), did their best to present a distorted portrait of the Prophet of Islam to Westerners, contains all elements of a powerful drama, including, fear, insecurity, hatred, jealousy, deceit, admiration, love, respect, and many more.

The aim of this talk is to present a brief, though objective and, it is hoped, informative as well as balanced account of the ways in which various personalities and institutions have represented the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) to Westerners throughout the ages.

The Quran and the Spiritual Roots of the Environmental Crisis

A Lecture by

Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi

Senior Research Associate, Institute of Ismaili Studies, London 

Friday 27th of May 2022

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm (UK Time)

Prophet Mohammad in the Eyes of Westerners

The Holy Quran helps to disclose the roots of the environmental crisis, while revealing ways

in which each individual can contribute to the resolution of the crisis, on the plane of moral and spiritual action.

Dr Shah-Kazemi’s lecture will begin at 6:30 pm and the Q&A will begin at 7:30 pm.

Founding editor of the Islamic World Report, Reza Shah-Kazemi studied International Relations and Politics at Sussex and Exeter Universities before obtaining his PhD in Comparative Religion from the University of Kent in 1994. He has authored and translated several works, including, Paths to Transcendence: According to Shankara, Ibn Arabi and Meister Eckhart (World Wisdom, 2006); Justice and Remembrance: Introducing the Spirituality of Imam ‘Ali (I. B. Tauris, in association with The Institute of Ismaili Studies); Seeing God Everywhere: Quranic Perspectives on the Sanctity of Virgin Nature (Cambridge Central Mosque, 2019).

Formerly a Consultant to the Institute for Policy Research in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, Dr Shah-Kazemi is at present a Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, where he is editing the English translation and edition of the Great Islamic Encyclopaedia (from Persian).


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