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September 29, 2005

Source: Queen's University:

Leading Muslim scholar to deliver major public lecture

(Kingston, ON) Tariq Ramadan, a leading Muslim scholar and one of Time magazine's top 100 innovators of the 21st century, will give this year's prestigious Donald Mathers Memorial Trust Lecture at Queen's University.

The internationally known scholar will present his public lecture -- The Creative Contribution of Islam Within Canadian Self-Understanding -- on Wednesday Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Convocation Hall, Theological Hall, Queen's University. All are welcome. Seating is limited.

Earlier that day Prof. Ramadan will also deliver Cultivating Peace Around the World And Defending Canada Proactively: An Islamic Perspective, speaking at the Royal Military College from 8 to 10 a.m.

An internationally recognized Muslim scholar in Islamic studies, Prof. Ramadan was recently recognized as a spiritual leader by Time magazine, which describes him as "creating a new kind of European Islam that bridges his Islamic values and Western culture," citing his recent book, To Be a European Muslim.

Last year Prof. Ramadan was appointed to the prestigious post of professor of Islamic Studies in the Classic Department and Luce Professor of Religion Conflict and Peacebuilding at the University of Notre Dame in the United States. However, he was prevented from taking this appointment after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security revoked his visa for what the Chicago Sun-Times described as punishment for his views on the war in Iraq and policies of the current Israeli government.

Currently a senior research fellow at the Lokahi Foundation and a visiting fellow at St. Anthony's College at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, Prof. Ramadan taught Islamic studies and philosophy at Freiburg University in Switzerland for many years. He has publicly condemned both the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in the United States and the bombings that took place on London's transit system earlier this year, and recently called for a moratorium on the application of Hudud (prescribed Islamic penalties) in Muslim countries.

Prof. Ramadan is considered by many to be a moderate voice in the Muslim world, and he lectures at academic institutions and civic organizations around the world. He is a member of multiple international organizations and steering committees. He has authored and co-authored more than 20 books and more than 700 articles.

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