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Lectures by Prof. Gita Dharampal-Frick

Prof. Dr. Gita Dharampal-Frick, Head of the Department of History at the South Asia Institute, will give a talk on “Mahatma Gandhi and Islam” on 29 September 2016 at Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin and on 13 October 2016 at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

The lectures are taking place as follows:

Tuesday, 29 September 2016, 5:00-6:30 pm (in German)
Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), Kirchweg 33, 14129 Berlin
as part of the ZMO-Colloquium
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Thursday, 13 October 2016, 4:00-6:00 pm (in English)
School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
White-Levy Room

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As a prominent defender of Islam, Mahatma Gandhi proclaimed in 1938 that "the sayings of the Prophet", ranked "among the treasures of mankind, not merely of Muslims" (Foreword to a reprint of The Wisdom of Muhammad by Abdullah Suhrawardy [1905]). The talk will trace the development not only of Gandhi's empathetic appreciation of Islam's civilisational and political significance, but will also underscore the extent to which this 'prophet of nonviolence' drew inspiration from Islamic theology for his own doctrine and implementation of satyagraha ('truth force') in the struggle for Indian independence.

15 Sep 2016
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