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Islamic History Month is celebrated with virtual events in October

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Kingston City Hall lit up green for Islamic History Month in 2020. Image via the Islamic Society of Kingston.

For the 15th year in a row, Kingston City Council has proclaimed October Islamic History Month. Launched in 2007, Islamic History Month is a national celebration that aims to share the history, heritage and culture of Muslims with fellow Canadians.

The theme for Islamic History Month 2021 is Muslims and Indigenous Peoples: A Month of Mutual Sharing and Healing, Honoring Truth and Reconciliation, according to a statement from the organizers of Islamic History Month. For the second year, due to restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, events have been moved online for virtual conferences and panel discussions. Organizers said it also allows people from across the country (and beyond) to connect to local and national events.

Local events are organized by the Islamic Society of Kingston (ISK) and Muslim Societies, Global Perspectives (MSGP, Queen’s University), and include the following events. Online events will be streamed live or shared on the Kingston Islamic History Month Facebook page.

  • October 1: illumination of the town hall in green to commemorate Islamic History Month, from 6.30 p.m.
  • October 6: I am Al-Andalus: why can’t you see me? A dialogue between history and art on Muslim Spain with the artist @studentAsim (author of Tyer of Ties) and Professor Adnan Husain (Queen’s University), from 7:30 p.m.
  • October 14: Muslim in Kingston and Beyond: A Discussion with Murray Hogben on his book Minarets on the Horizon: Muslim Pioneers in Canada (moderated by Drs Shobhana Xavier and Adnan Husain), from 7:30 p.m.
  • October 19: Between Popular Spirituality and Islamic Mysticism: Locating Sufism in Canada with Dr. Shobhana Xavier (Queen’s University), from 7:30 p.m.
  • October 22: (provisional): How faith directs our work. Perspectives of Indigenous and Muslim Women (time and date to be confirmed)
  • October 26: Telling a story – Saving a life: a workshop on Islamophobia with the artist @studentAsim, from 7:30 p.m.
  • October 28: Reminders on the way: In conversation with Sheniz Janmohamed, from 1 p.m.
  • October 31: Young Muslims Speak to: Truth, Reconciliation and Islamophobia, hosted by Sawsan Mohammed (Kingston) and featuring Muslim high school students from across the country, starting at 5 p.m.
  • TBD: Healing the Wounds of Colonialism with Faith

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/IHMKingston, www.facebook.com/MSGPQU or www.kingstonmuslims.ca. For more information on this national initiative, please visit the Islamic History Month Canada Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/IslamicHistoryMonthCanada.


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