Since the free Open Lectures started six years ago, speakers from all over the world have accepted an invitation to deliver enlightening lectures on topics related to religion, Islam, Muslims and interfaith relations.
This year’s series – with speakers from Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland and the United States – begins in September and will continue until May, 2017, when the final lecture takes place.
The lecture series forms part of the College’s mission to establish a bridge between Muslim communities and societies and non-Muslim communities and countries.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the College, Dr Hossein Godazgar, said:
“Once again we are honoured that distinguished scholars and experts in their fields of study have agreed to come to Dundee to deliver what are always very interesting and thought-provoking lectures.
“Our speakers successfully generate lively Q&A sessions at the end of their talks, and this is hugely gratifying. Indeed, this time round, some of the lecture topics have been requested by audience members, so we are delighted that we could oblige.
“These events have been well attended and I feel sure our latest programme of lectures will stimulate interest once again.”
The dates, topics and speakers for the 2016/2017 programme are as follows:
September 29, 2016 - 6pm – “Muslim Sects and Divisions: The Theological Puzzle of Islamic Diversity” with Dr Shabbir Akhtar, Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies, Oxford and Faculty of Theology and Religion.