This year, the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies co-sponsored a series of six public conversations at the interface of “Citizenship, Religion and Identity”. 

Hosted by scholar-in-residence Dr. Amyn B. Sajoo, it began with an exploration of “Memory, Identity and Belonging” by the Centre’s director, Dr. Amal Ghazal, followed by UBC’s Dr. Peter Dauvergne on “Ecological Citizenship,” and celebrated Vancouver architect Farouk Noormohamed on “The Art of Heritage,” at the Ismaili Centre Burnaby from January through March.

Driving the conversations were two fundamental questions that sought to link the various themes on hand: “Who Are We?” and “Where Are We Headed?”

The series continued at the Ismaili Centre Toronto from June through October with the eminent public health expert Dr. Abdallah Daar on “Ethics in an Increasingly Complex World,” John Ralston Saul, one of Canada’s leading public intellectuals, on “Pluralism and Its Enemies,” and York University’s Dr. Benjamin Berger on “Faith and the Law.”

After the success of the series in engaging with diverse audiences, a follow up is planned for 2019.