An Islamic Christmas Tree: Insights from Cognitive Science on Making Peace
Friday, June 23, 2017 - 7:00pm • 118 Elliot Street
Talk by Amer Latif
Religion professor Amer Latif will speak in Brattleboro, courtesy of the Windham World Affairs Council. Relying on his extensive research, Amer will outline a way of using reason and imagination in forging a rigorous method for making peace at a deep level between apparent religious contradictions, a way of finding harmony and unity that accommodates difference and multiplicity. He will also discuss how this method for finding common ground appears from the perspective of contemporary cognitive science about the nature of human understanding. Amer's research focuses primarily on Islamic mystical texts and practices. He is also interested in the issues surrounding cultural translation, and has published translations of the poetry of Jalaluddin Rumi, the 13th-century Muslim scholar and mystic. He is currently working on a book titled “Only God is Good”: Islam in the Words of Jesus.