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When: Tuesday, October 1st, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm — 7:30 pm
Location:Richcraft Hall, Second floor conference rooms
Audience:Carleton Community
Contact:Karim H. Karim,

A Bridge Across Civilizations: Lectures by two Carleton professors


Leonardo da Vinci: From Bagdad to Bayezid. What We Choose to Forget
On the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci, we look back to an earlier renaissance that occurred in ninth century Baghdad and its impact on the Italian renaissance some five hundred years later. This was the context in which Leonardo made a proposal to build a bridge for the Ottoman ruler Bayezid II. We end by examining Leonardo’s references to Islam in his journey to the East, whether feigned or not. The past that we choose to remember and the past that we choose to forget inevitably shape our present. Samuel Huntington’s model of a contemporary clash of civilizations is structured by neglecting the long-standing intellectual and cultural exchanges between Western and Muslim societies and by highlighting their conflicts. Such “organized forgetting” (Henry Giroux) has succeeded in producing a contemporary “clash of ignorance” (Edward Said).
Photo of H. Masud Taj H. Majud Taj is an award-winning Adjunct Professor of Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism, delivered the Asian Heritage Month talk last year. He lectures on topics of Muslim Civilization at the Centre for Initiatives in Education at Carleton University and delivered the Islamic History Month talk in 2017. In 2018 he went on a two-month round-the-world lecture tour giving talks in sixteen cities. Photo of Karim H. KarimKarim H. Karim is an award-winning Professor in Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication and Director of the Carleton Centre for the Study of Islam. He has delivered several distinguished lectures at venues in North America, Europe, and Asia. Prof. Karim been honoured by the Government of Canada for promoting collaboration between Muslims, Jews, Christians, and other Canadian communities.

This event has the support of NPSIA’s Centre in Modern Turkish Studies. It will also contribute to Cinquencento: Carleton Celebrates Leonardo da Vinci and the Carleton Centre for the Study of Islam’s Islamic History Month (October 2019) calendar.