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Marlboro Professor Discusses Islam’s Approach to Diversity

Brattleboro ~ Marlboro College professor Amer Latif will look at how Islam approaches the question of diversity and differences in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro on October 2 at 7:00 p.m. His talk, Approaching Islam, Approaching Difference,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. 

The Qur’an states that God created differences not only as a test for humanity but also as a path toward self-knowledge. In this talk, Latif will consider how the Qur’an frames the perennial problem of living more harmoniously in a diverse world.

Amer Latif has been professor of religious studies at Marlboro College since 2003. He is interested in issues surrounding cultural translation and has published translations of the poetry of Jalaluddin Rumi, the 13th-century Muslim scholar and mystic. He is currently working on two books: Only God is Good: Islam in the Words of Jesus and Reading the Qur’an with Rumi. He grew up in Pakistan.

About First Wednesdays

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Brattleboro are held at Brooks Memorial Library unless otherwise noted. The program is free, accessible to people with disabilities and open to the public. See the full schedule of Brattleboro First Wednesdays talks.

The statewide underwriter for the First Wednesdays 2019-2020 series is the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

The First Wednesdays 2019-2020 series in Brattleboro is underwritten by Chroma Technology Corp.

“Approaching Islam, Approaching Difference” is underwritten by Carole and Geoff Gaddis.

Brooks Memorial Library is sponsored by Against the Grain, Brattleboro Autobody & Detailing, Brattleboro Retreat, Everyone’s Books, GPI Construction, New ChapterThe Richards Group, The Vermont Country Store, Windham World Affairs Council

For more information, contact Brooks Memorial Library at 802.254.5290 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or , or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.

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