April 24, 2016 at Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto in Palo Alto.
Date: Sunday, Apr 24
Time: 12:30-2 pm
Location: Fireside Room
Contact: Edith Eddy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Presenter: Prof. Alexander Key
Facilitator: Edith Eddy
Registration: Not required but appreciated at email@example.com
or call (650) 494-0541
This presentation will help us understand the philosophical and
theological context of the ISIS phenomenon that is now wreaking such
havoc in the Middle East and other parts of the world. Our speaker is an
expert in this area. Among the courses he teaches at Stanford is one
entitled, “Ethics of Jihad,” which is an introduction to Islamic ethics,
focusing on which people have chosen, rejected, or redefined jihad. This
class will complement the one on ISIS held in January.
Dr. Alexander Key’s interests range across the literary and intellectual
history of the Arabic- and Persian-speaking worlds from the seventh
century, together with Western political thought and philosophy. He
received his Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Harvard in 2012
and started teaching at Stanford the same year. He is an Assistant
Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature.