[Press & Publications] Islam and the Threat of the West [Religion]



March 2000

No 69

The University of Leicester is to stage the First Annual World Humanities Lecture focusing on the relationship between Islam and the West.

Islam and the Threat of the West will be delivered by Tim Winter, Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge.

The lecture, on Monday April 3, is open to the public and free. It is part of the University of Leicester's Adult Education part-time BA degree in Humanities/World Humanities.

Dr Robert Colls, of the University's Department of Economic and Social History, said: "Europe in the 20th century has been described as the 'Dark Continent'.

"Its wars and civil wars have been unprecedented in their scale and their brutality.

"Christian Europe's adaptation to modernity therefore has been painful and unresolved and, by way of contrast, it could be said that the Islamic world has adapted better. At any rate, now that Islam is a major British religion as well as a great world faith, this is the time to consider the record."

Since its inception, the University's BA in Humanities has tried to move away from ethnocentric and 'western' understandings of the Humanities. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session chaired by Professor Robert Burgess, the Vice-Chancellor.

Said Dr Colls: "This first World Humanities Lecture by Tim Winter will confirm the degree's commitment to new and contentious ways of thinking about our humanity as well as to what is taught in (and out) of universities.

"The degree is part time and is taught in the evenings at Vaughan College - the University's adult education wing - in the city centre. All who are interested in the subject or the degree are invited to join Humanities students and tutors for the evening."

The Vice-Chancellor will host a reception after the lecture.

The lecture will take place on Monday April 3, from 6.30pm-8pm in Lecture Theatre 1, New Building, University of Leicester. Free parking is available on campus.

NOTE TO NEWSDESK: For more information contact: Robert Colls, on 0116 252 2584.

Please use the correct title University of Leicester in any report.


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