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Seminar: Fact and Fiction in the Orgins of Islam

Saturday, December 7
9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Center for Inquiry Indiana
350 Canal Walk Suite A
Indianapolis, United States

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Seminar: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Evening Dinner and Talk: 6:00-8:00 pm
Center for Inquiry Indiana
350 Canal Walk, Suite A
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Parking at CFI Indiana
Registration Fee
(last day to purchase tickets is December 1)
Full Day. Includes Seminar, Lunch, Dinner, and Evening Talk if purchased by November 1–$100.00
Full Day. Includes Seminar, Lunch, Dinner, and Evening Talk if purchased after November 1–$125.00
Full time student with ID. $50 (includes lunch but does not include dinner and evening talk).
Dinner and evening talk only. CFI members, $50. General public, $60. Fulltime student with ID, $25.
Limited to 60 participants.

9:00-10:00 am—Coffee and Pastries
10:00-11:00—The Origins of the Koran
11:30-12:30—What the Koran Really Says
1:30-2:30—The Quest for the Historical Muhammad
3:00-4:00—Atheism in the Islamic World
7:00-8:00—The Islam in Islamic Terrorism: The Importance of Beliefs, Ideas, and Ideology
Ibn Warraq’s Books on Amazon

IBN WARRAQ, studied Arabic and Persian at the University of Edinburgh, and is the best-selling author of Why I am not a Muslim (1995). This book was a warning to the West about the dangers of political Islam, and multiculturalism. Since 1998, Ibn Warraq has edited several books of Koranic criticism, and on the origins of Islam (e.g. The Origins of the Koran, 1998; The Quest for the Historical Muhammad,2000; What the Koran Really Says, 2002; Which Koran? 2011; and Christmas in the Koran, 2014). Ibn Warraq’s Defending the West. A Critique of Edward Said’s Orientalism, 2007, was described by Paul Berman as “a glorious work of scholarship, and it is going to contribute mightily to modernizing the way we think about Western civilization and the rest of the world.” In Why the West is Best (2011), Ibn Warraq again defends Western civilization, and seeks to regain Western civilizational self-confidence and to alleviate the Western burden of guilt about slavery and colonialism pointing out that Islamic civilization was a greater slaver, greater colonialist and destroyed many cultures when it imposed Islam. The West, on the other hand, was the first to abolish slavery, and preserved, and encouraged the study of, non-Western cultures.
Ibn Warraq is at present Senior Research Fellow at the Westminster Institute, in Virginia, USA.
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