Scott Korb Book Party: Light without Fire: The Making of America's First Muslim College

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Join Religious Studies professor Mark Larrimore and Eugene Lang's own Scott Korb, author of Light without Fire: The Making of America's First Muslim College, as they discuss the place of Islam in America and the hope of a new experiment in education -- Zaytuna College, the nation's first Muslim school of liberal arts.

"A rare and precious book—intelligent, compassionate, and beautifully observed—one that will provide a necessary and vital contribution to any serious discussion of the role of Islam and religion in America." —Dinaw Mengestu, 2012 MacArthur Fellow, author of The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.

Light without Fire
closely follows the inaugural class of Zaytuna College, whose mission is to establish a thoroughly American, academically rigorous, and traditional indigenous Islam. Korb offers portraits of the school’s founders, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and Imam Zaid Shakir, arguably the two most influential leaders in American Islam. Along the way, Korb introduces us to Zaytuna’s students, young American Muslims of all stripes, who love their teachers in ways college students typically don’t and whose stories, told here for the first time, signal the future of Islam in this country. It’s no exaggeration to say that here, at Zaytuna, are tomorrow’s Muslim leaders.

Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street, room 510

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served

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