The Liu Institute for Global Issues is proud to present the 2015 Virani Lecture in Islamic Studies, generously supported by Mr. and Mrs. Amir and Yasmin Virani.
Please join us in the upper floor of The Nest at 3pm on September 17th for a special address titled "On Being a Controversial Muslim" by Farid Esack, a South African Muslim scholar, writer, and political activist known for his opposition to apartheid, his appointment by Nelson Mandela as a gender equity commissioner, and his work for inter-religious dialogue.
A Q&A will follow.
Bio: Farid Esack is a South African Muslim liberation theologian, Professor in the Study of Islam and Head of the Department of Religion Studies at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). He studied in Pakistan, the UK and Germany and is the author of Qur’an, Liberation and Pluralism, On Being a Muslim, An Introduction to the Qur’an, and with Sarah Chiddy, the co-editor of Islam, HIV & AIDS –Between Scorn Pity & Justice (all by Oxford: Oneworld).
He has published on Islam, Gender, Liberation Theology, Interfaith Relations, and Qur'anic Hermeneutics and currently works on the Qur’an and socio-economic justice and in developing a niche at UJ for the Study of Islam, Decolonialty and Liberation Theology. Esack was appointed by President Mandela as a Commissioner for Gender Equality in South Africa’s first democratic government and has taught at the Universities of Western Cape, and Hamburg, the College of William & Mary and Union Theological Seminary (NY) and at Xavier University in Cincinnati.
Before his current appointment at UJ he served as the Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal Professor of Contemporary Islam at Harvard University. He is currently the President (elect) of the International Qur’anic Studies Association.
A veteran of struggle against Apartheid and an activist in the inter-religious solidarity movement for justice and peace and that struggle, he played a leading role in the United Democratic Front, the Call of Islam, the Organisation of People Against Sexism and the World Conference on Religion & Peace. For more on Dr. Esak, please read his faculty bio.
Please note is event is NOT being held at the Liu Institute for Global Issues.
This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.