Duration and Venue
Expressions of Diversity is an annual program held for one or two weeks every summer since 2008. The location of this program alternates yearly between the Vancouver (Canada) campus of the Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures (Simon Fraser University) and London (UK) campus of the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (Aga Khan University). The 2016 International summer Program is scheduled for the Vancouver campus of Simon Fraser University.
Who Should Attend?
Academics and educational administrators, teachers, graduate students, journalists, lawyers, NGO professionals, administrators in multicultural venues, business persons, medical personnel, politicians, interfaith participants, social support professionals, and those who work in multicultural settings or have an interest in Islamic or Muslim subjects.
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older at the time of the Program.
Selected Quotations from Past Participants
“The course helped me grasp issues and sensitivities that I encounter in working with Muslim communities In a world that is polarized between the west and the east; the have and the have not; and the religious and the secular, programs like this help broaden the western media’s narrow depiction of Muslims.” Participant, ISP 2010.
“When I arrived at the school, I had no idea that the lecturers would have been so passionate and exiting as they were; I was enthralled with every minute of each course. The summer program is a perfect mixture of learning and fun. I recommend it to anyone who loves to learn, meet new people and have memories they will cherish for the rest of their life.” Participant, ISP 2011.
“Thank you so much for a life changing experience. It was unbelievable to see top class scholars all on one platform. I thoroughly enjoyed every second.” Participant, ISP 2012.
"I enjoyed every minute, I learned so much about music, art and architecture in a short period. The tutors are extremely knowledgeable and the programme is rich and varied. I would recommend the course to those interested in studying Muslim culture." Participant, ISP 2013.
“The chai khana concept was great. That kind of interaction between the presenters and the participants really created great chemistry.” Participant, ISP 2014.
“The program was very usful, inclusive, and diversified, with varied instructions and multiple dimensions. It is so good that AKU and SFU are doing this program. Vital for understanding.” Participant, ISP 2014.
“The program combined speakers with knowledge and passion on a wide variety of topics—mysticism, law, architecture, gender, and contemporary developments. It was a wonderful place to learn of Muslim diversity.” Participant ISP 2014.