Our 2016 lecture series tackles the theme “Islam and Muslims in the 21st Century.” Featuring scholars and journalists who are leading thought-provoking conversations about Muslims and Islam today, the series addresses questions of identity and belonging, youth and integration, and immigration and settlement.

In this lecture

Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures and Director of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University, is an expert on the historical and contemporary Shia and Sufi devotional traditions in South Asia and the Ismaili mystical traditions. This presentation will explore the roots of Islamic mysticism and the influential role that the sonic, visual, and literary arts play in both fostering and expressing traditions of spirituality in Muslim cultures.


Learn more about other lectures in this series:

Media, Muslims, and Free Speech
Sunday, April 17, 2–3 pm

The Qur'an in the 21st Century
Sunday, May 1, 2–3 pm

Of Hockey and Hijab: New Reflections on Being Female, Canadian, and Muslim
Sunday, May 15, 2–3 pm

Hybrid Identities: Muslim Arab Youth and the West
Sunday, June 12, 2–3 pm

Refugees, Immigrants, and Citizens: The Muslim Diaspora Experience in the West
Sunday, July 10, 2–3 pm


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ISLAM AND MUSLIMS IN THE 21st CENTURY: Communing with the Divine: Islamic Mystical Traditions and the Arts

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