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CAIR-CAN: Renowned Muslim Scholar Visits Canada

(OTTAWA, CANADA – 22/02/2005) – Distinguished Islamic scholar Dr. Tariq
Ramadan will be in Ottawa to speak in a three-part symposium on the Ethics
of Citizenship, Democracy and the Future of Islam.

Dr. Ramadan’s visit is organized by Muslim Presence Ottawa, and his final
lecture, “Facing the Common Challenges of the Contemporary World,” is
co-sponsored by CAIR-CAN and will feature CAIR-CAN Executive Director Riad
Saloojee as a guest speaker.

Dr. Ramadan was recently named by Time Magazine as one of the most
influential thinkers of our time. His most recent book, Western Muslims
and the Future of Islam, was listed by the Christian Science Monitor as the
best non-fiction book of 2004.

“This symposium is geared towards those who accept the challenges of the
‘vivre-ensemble,'” said Dr. Ramadan. “It will require self-criticism,
dialogue, respect for diversity and an expression of common values — the
biggest challenge we face post-9/11.”

In a joint statement, Muslim Presence and CAIR-CAN added that the symposium
will deal with the fundamental question of how Canadian Muslims can
participate fully in the civic life of Canadian society while remaining
faithful to the universal principles that form the basis of the Islamic faith.


CONTACT: Shelina Merani at 613-254-7177; E-mail:
For more information, see:

Council on American-Islamic Relations CANADA
P.O. Box 13219, Ottawa, ONT, K2K 1X4
Tel: 1-866-524-0004
Fax: 613-254-9810

Symposium Dates (All events will be held at the University of Ottawa,
Marion Hall, 140 Louis Pasteur and 365 Nicholas):

Jeudi 24 Fevrier, 7 pm – 10 pm
Sujet: “Experience spirituelle: promesse de paix”
A public lecture (in French) in partnership with the Outaouais Islamic
Center (OIC)

Friday February 25th, 9 am – 12:30 pm
Topic: “Building upon our shared experiences post 9-11: Strategies for
working with the Muslim Community”
A service providers’ event in partnership with the Ottawa Police Service.
Guest moderator: Veteran journalist Eric Sorensen from CBC-TV

Friday February 25th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Topic: “Western Muslims and the Future of Islam”
A public lecture. Guest moderator: Award-winning journalist, Ken Rockburn,
from Canada’s Political Affairs Channel (CPAC)

Saturday February 26th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Topic: “Facing the Common Challenges of the Contemporary World”
A public Lecture in partnership with the Canadian Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN). Guest speaker: Riad Saloojee,
Executive Director of CAIR-CAN.


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