A weekend seminar led by Dr. Ovamir Anjum analyzing the history of Islam from a perspective that brings together faith and critical inquiry, reason and revelation.
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Saturday, December 14, 2013: 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Sunday, December 15, 2013: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Institute of Knowledge
1009 Via Sorella, Diamond Bar, CA
Babysitting will be available.
The Prophet Muhammad told us that every hundred years, Allah will raise leaders who will revive His religion. This tradition of revival and reform is Islam's greatest strength and it is not ruled by any one sacred pedigree or priesthood. Instead, it is a continuous returning to the Qur'an and the Prophetic model through a critical embrace of our diverse and magnificent heritage. A history of Islamic revival is thus a history of those who rose to enjoin right and forbid wrong in the Muslim ummah and beyond.
Who are the revivalists and reformers of history? Discover the inspiring stories of how righteous believers in the past--scholars, rulers, and ordinary men and women--overcame great obstacles in their struggle to live and share the message of Islam. This seminar covers major milestones in the history of fiqh, spirituality, and collective struggles of the ummah, and ends by addressing the unique challenges and opportunities of our modern era.
Ovamir Anjum is Imam Khattab Endowed Chair of Islamic Studies at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Toledo. While trained as a historian, Anjum's work is interdisciplinary, drawing on the fields of classical Islamic studies, political theory, and cultural anthropology. His recent monograph is Politics, Law and Community in Islamic Thought: The Taymiyyan Moment (Cambridge University Press, 2012), which focuses on the nexus of politics, law, theology in classical and medieval Islam, with comparative theoretical interest in Western Thought. His current research includes theoretical developments in the wake of the Arab Uprisings of 2011. He is also near-completing a decade-long project to translate a popular Islamic spiritual and theological classic, Madarij al-Salikin (Ranks of Divine Seekers) by Ibn al-Qayyim (d. 1351). He speaks regularly to Muslim communities, the general public, and students and scholars of Islam, both locally and internationally on topics pertaining to his research.