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THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS: The Midaventures of a Modern Muslim with Aftab Malik

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The Midaventures of a Modern Muslim

With Aftab Malik (Bristol, United Kingdom)

DATE: Saturday 26th March 2016

VENUE: ARTZ-I, 54-60 Sunbridge Road, Bradford, BD1 2AB

TIME: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM


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Program Synopsis

Like Alice, in Lewis Carroll’s enticing story of a young girl, challenged by a fantastical world, Muslims today are also confronted by a parody of Islam.

They see Muslims carrying out acts so heinous, that they cannot fathom how they can be justified in the name of a loving God, and a merciful Prophet.

And yet, many non-Muslims see the very same acts as being carried out “in the name of Islam,” just as the criminals claim.

With blood flowing ever freely, the honour of the Prophet Muhammad being dragged through the proverbial mud, and the sanctity of life being crushed underfoot by murderous hearts, this lecture will attempt to make sense of this fantastical world in which a parody of Islam lives.

It will seek to explore the intellectual fault lines of normative Islam and its parody, thus allowing non-Muslims and Muslims alike to distinguish beauty from the ugly and fact from fiction.

Biography – Aftab Malik

Aftab A. Malik is a permanent United Nations Alliance of Civilizations “global expert” on Islam. Professor John L. Esposito, one of the world’s pre-eminent scholars on the Muslim World, has called him “a first-rate scholar,” and the academic journal, The Muslim World Book Review, has called him “a rising intellectual star.”

He has written a number of articles that have been translated into numerous languages, edited a number of books and is the author of The Broken Chain: Reflections Upon the Neglect of a Tradition, about which Shaykh Hamza Yusuf calls it “the definitive statement on the nature of traditional Islamic education and the current crisis caused by its absence.”

Since 2012, Aftab has been residing in Sydney, Australia, where he has been the scholar-in-residence at the Lebanese Muslim Association. In addition to delivering public lectures, and overseeing youth-based projects, he has been teaching the Positive Intellect Program; an intensive 5-week course that Aftab created to provide the intellectual tools for young Muslims living in the West to navigate the tides and challenges of modernity.

During the five weeks, Aftab examines Muslim political history, Shariah, ethics, the development of western political history and Islamophobia.

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