Professor Juan Cole Lecture

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019
LocationNoor Cultural Centre Auditorium, 123 Wynford Dr., North York, ON

Professor Juan Cole, the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, is presenting a lecture on his book Muhhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires

About the book: In the midst of the dramatic seventh-century war between two empires, Muhammad was a spiritual seeker in search of community and sanctuary. Many observers stereotype Islam and its scripture as inherently extreme or violent – a narrative that has overshadowed the truth of its roots. In this masterfully told account, preeminent Middle East expert Juan Cole takes us back to Islam’s – and the Prophet Muhammad’s – origin story. Cole shows how Muhammad came of age in an era of unparalleled violence. Muhammad’s profound distress at the carnage of his times led him to envision an alternative movement, one firmly grounded in peace. 

Tickets for the lecture are $5, and copies of the book will be available at the event. For more information, call 416-444-7148, ext. 222, visit, or email

This event is sponsored by the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York University, the University of Toronto Anthropology Department, Emmanuel College, and the Queen's University Muslim Societies, Global Perspectives Initiative.