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Vancouver School of Theology and Iona Pacific Inter-religious Centre, along with co-sponsors, the Department of Critical Studies, FCCS, UBC (Okanagan), Green College, UBC, and the Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures, SFU, are pleased to announce a series of lectures and workshops by eminent scholar, Dr. Emilio González FErrÍn.
Prof. Emilio González Ferrín is Professor of Arabic and Islamic Thought at the University of Seville (Spain.)
The 2011 Iona Pacific Visiting Scholar appears in Vancouver School of Theology’s series, Critical Conversations about Religion.
On Tuesday, Nov. 8th at 11:30 am, Dr. González Ferrín will offer a Research Colloquium at SFU Burnaby Campus on Islam as an Explanation. Space is limited for this event, so early registration is encouraged.
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Following the colloquium on Nov. 8th, Dr. González Ferrín will offer a free public lecture at 5pm at the Coach House, Green College, on the UBC campus. The lecture is entitled Between Early Hellenic Islam and a Semitic European Renaissance: A Historiology of Arab Middle Ages. This lecture is also part of Green College’s Principal’s Series: Thinking at the Edge of Reason: Interdisciplinarity in Action. More information about this lecture and the Principal’s Series can be obtained by visiting
Another free public lecture will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 9th at 7pm at the Chapel of the Epiphany on the UBC Campus. Dr. González Ferrín will speak on Religious History Outside the Box: The Holy Qur’an as Cultural Source.
The last event with Dr. González Ferrín will be a workshop on Thursday, Nov. 10th from
9:30am - 3:30pm at the Vancouver School of Theology as part of VST’s Critical Conversations about Religion in the 21st Century series. The theme of the workshop will be Development vs. Transmission in Religious Systems: The Case of Islam. Registration is required for this event, and lunch is included. Information about these two events and registration for the workshop can be obtained at
This series of Lower Mainland events will be preceded by a seminar with Dr. González Ferrín at the Faculty of Creative & Creative Studies at UBC (Okanagan) on Monday, Nov. 7th. The subject of the seminar will be
“711 CE – 2011 CE: A Moorish Invasion of Europe? Myth and History”.
Contact: Shannon Lythgoe
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