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Iranian Sufi Scholar to Address Middle East Peace in Edinburgh Festival
Edinburgh will host world-renowned Islamic scholar Dr Seyyed Hossain Nasr to address the opportunities and challenges of Middle East Peace from a spiritual, educational and cultural perspective as part of Edinburgh’s Fifth Annual International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace.
Dr Nasr will give the 2008 Festival Lecture on “Spiritual Approaches to Peace and Ecology in the Islamic World,” on Tuesday, March 11 at the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh, beginning at 730 pm. The previous day he will give a workhshop on “Sufism: Doctrines, Practices and Historic Manifestations” at the Quaker Meeting House, beginning at 10 am).
The festival, which runs from March 1 through 11, features lectures, performances and workshops by peacemakers, scholars, artists, musicians, poets and religious figures from the Middle East, Africa, the USA and the UK. Full schedule.
Festival events include:
More generally, all of the principal faith and spiritual traditions of Scotland have been invited to participate in this spiritual, educational, artistic and cultural and international celebration of peace and understanding. Indeed, the non-political nature of the Festival allows for an exceptional diversity among the participants. In total there will be over 35 events in the 2008 Festival. The Festival is organized by the Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality and Peace (EICSP), and the Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Learning, EIAL, and with the support of many other organizations.