This Sunday, Jan. 11th at 10am Pacific, I will be joined by Amir A. Nasr for a conversation we’ve titled “The Birth Pangs of an Integral Islam.”
Amir is the author of the searing memoir and banned book My Isl@m: How Fundamentalism Stole My Mind – And Doubt Freed My Soul, which forced him to seek, and thankfully attain, political asylum in Canada.
The book was recommended by Foreign Policy magazine among 25 books to read in 2013, and was praised by Ken Wilber as “an important and significant book, especially at this time in our history,” and “the right message, at the right time, from the right person.”
Amir is that rarest of souls — a young man who has already lived, and is living, the path of development of a truly Integral Islamic identity, one that has taken him from Khartoum to Qatar to Malaysia to Cyberspace to the Arab Spring and eventually to Vancouver, Canada. It has also taken him from fundamentalism to atheism and back to a transformed affirmation of an Integral Islam.
As you likely remember, in early 2011, the entire world watched in awe as the Arab Spring burst onto the scene, bringing huge, defiant, and mostly non-violent masses of people onto the streets demanding “bread, freedom, dignity, and social justice.” It was an optimistic moment in history, in which we were treated to many inspiring news reports focused on young, educated, tech-savvy, and relatively progressive youth who rallied their fellow citizens during the early phases of the uprisings.
But over time and with more recent headlines, that all seems to have changed… or has it?
From the rise and fall of the Muslim Brotherhood, to the rise of ISIS and the controversial debate on Bill Maher’s show that featured Ben Afleck and Sam Harris, a lot has happened. As a result, much has been written about the role of various manifestations of Islam in public life in the Muslim world, its relationship with the West, and its alleged incompatibility with liberalism.
Missing from the conversation however is a more crucial discussion about the evolution of consciousness and spirituality in the Arab and wider Muslim world, among Islam’s 1.5 billion adherent. Is there something potently positive and exciting happening in that domain of inquiry that isn’t being reported?
Amir answers with a resounding “yes!” He says that beyond the sociopolitical news headlines, among large segments of urbanized Muslim populations with access to the Internet, the birth-pangs of an implicitly integral Islam are loud and clear.
I’m excited to explore the contours of that Integral Islam in our conversation this Sunday. Please join us!
About Amir Ahmad Nasr
Described by The Economist as “puckish” (aka playfully mischievous), Amir A. Nasr is the formerly anonymous provocative voice and Arab Spring activist behind the internationally acclaimed sociopolitical blog The Sudanese Thinker, infamously credited with helping to inspire the rise of the Sudanese digital activism scene.
In 2013, at the age of 26, Amir made his authorial debut with his memoir My Isl@m: How Fundamentalism Stole My Mind – And Doubt Freed My Soul, which forced him to seek political asylum in Canada. The book was recommended by Foreign Policy among 25 books to read in 2013, alongside books by Pulitzer Prize winners and former diplomat and military personalities. From its explorations of the root causes of fundamentalism to its assessment of the New Atheists including Sam Harris, the book tackles a wide range of pertinent issues that continue to dominate the headlines.
As a result of his decade-long work at the intersection of culture, digital media, and current affairs, Amir has shared the stage with Nobel Peace Laureates, former presidents, and fellow entrepreneurs, and was highlighted by WIRED as a “formidable speaker.” He’s been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Bloomberg, France24, Al Jazeera English, CBC, WNYC, and many more media outlets in over 12 languages across the globe. Amir is passionate about accelerating the prospects of reform in the Middle East, and the wider Muslim world, and believes that the application of integral tools and practices wields great potential in aiding this objective.
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Sunday, January 11th at 10:00am Pacific; 11:00am Mountain; 12:00pm Central; 1:00pm Eastern
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