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Public Lecture: "Reflections of an English Muslim" by Mr. Ahmed Keeler

Venue: IAIS Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.

Date: 26 March 2015 (Thursday)

 Time: 10:00am – 12:10pm

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Speaker: Mr. Ahmed Keeler, Visiting Fellow, Centre of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom & Distinguished Fellow, Faculty of Leadership and Management, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)

Lecture Summary

In an inspiring and visually compelling presentation, Ahmed Keeler charts his journey and reflects upon the changing cultural worlds of the West and Islam.

About the Speaker

keelerAhmed Keeler was born in 1942 and christened Paul Godfrey. He was brought up during the 1940s and 50s in a conservative, upper middle-class, Anglo-Catholic family. He belonged to the last generation that was educated to serve an empire which, however, was in the final stages of dissolution. On leaving school he became deeply involved in the cultural movements of the 1960s that were in open revolt against the society that had nurtured him. A chance meeting with a master musician from India introduced him to a wonderful new cultural realm; in response he formulated and organized The World of Islam Festival that took place in London in 1976, was opened by Her Majesty the Queen, and was the most comprehensive exposition of Islamic culture ever to have taken place in the West. Six months before the festival opened he embraced Islam.

He has spent his working life since the festival in establishing and engaging with projects that explore and present Islamic culture as a holistic environmental manifestation. Residing in Cambridge for the last 22 years, he has had a profound impact on a number of students passing through the University. At a time of growing instability, he is now lecturing and participating in seminars encouraging us to judge the success of human culture through the criteria of Mizan, which is at the heart of the Islamic unfolding.


09:00am – 10:00am Registration
10:00am – 10:05am Opening Remarks by the Moderator and Chair, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil Deputy CEO, IAIS Malaysia
10:05am – 10:10am Welcoming Remarks by Prof. Dr. Mohammad Hashim Kamali, Founding CEO, IAIS Malaysia
10:10am – 11:10am Presentation: Mr. Ahmed Keeler
11:10am – 12:10pm Q&A Session
12:10pm - Concluding Remarks by Moderator; Adjournment and Refreshments

FREE Admission

Contact Information

International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia

Jalan Elmu, Off Jalan Universiti 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tel: +603-7956 9188

Fax: +603-7956 2188 / +603-7956 2966

Email: reply@iais.org.my


Quotable Quotes

To make one good action succeed another, is the perfection of goodness (Sayyidina Ali ibn Abi Talib).

Humour Without Malice

This is a real incident from Trinidad. Seeing the success of a halal meat grocery store owner, a neighboring meat store owner with a different faith decides to introduce halal meat in his own store. He puts up a huge sign on his shop saying "Halal Meat, Found Here". Curious, some Muslims decide to find out how the meat was halal. When the owner was asked where he gets the halal meat from, he says that he slaughters the animal by himself. Surprised, the Muslism ask, and what do you say when you slaughter. He says, "I say 'Halal' and cut the animal".


A pleasant word is a form of charity. - Hadith

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