Amir Koushkani, Persian ethnomusicologist, composer and musical director, shown here playing the tar, will be a special guest speaker during a summer program on Muslim cultures that focuses this year on popular culture and mysticism.
A more accurate understanding of Muslim cultures
Now in its seventh year, a summer program at SFU takes on the challenge of delivering a more accurate understanding of the many different cultures and traditions that make up the Muslim world.
Expressions of Diversity: An Introduction to Muslim Cultures, is a non-credit program jointly offered by SFU’s Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures (CCSMSC) and the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilizations, London, U.K. It will run from June 16–27, at SFU’s Vancouver campus at Harbour Centre.
“We bring in a wide range of academics internationally to help professionals and lay people worldwide gain insight into Muslim people’s diverse cultures and societies, past and present,” explains Derryl Maclean, CCSMSC director and associate professor of history.
“Historically, most of the discussion between and among these groups focuses narrowly on contemporary issues of Muslim extremism,” says Maclean. “We want to increase understanding of how this major world civilization’s experiences and insights may bear upon universal questions that humanity faces today.”
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