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Vancouver School of Theology

Iona Pacific presentations on Islam

Iona Pacific Inter-religious Centre presents two seminar lectures at VST by Dr. Hossein Houshmand, Research Associate at VST and Postdoctoral Fellow at SFU’s Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies & Cultures. On Tuesday, March 12 (9 am – 11:50 am), Dr. Houshmand will lecture on Jurisprudence (Fikh) and Theology (Kalaam). On Tuesday, March 19 (9 am – 11:50 am), Dr. Houshmand will lecture on Philosophy (Falsafah) and Mysticism (Tasavof/Sufism). Space is limited, and pre-registration is required for these lectures in room 200 at VST. To register, email For information about Dr. Houshmand’s summer course and lecture on Rumi: Prophet of Love, go here.

And finally on March 20th, there will a special event entitled Islam and Music: A Mystical Journey. Join us to explore into the mysteries of Islamic music. What defines a piece of music as “Islamic”? What connection does this piece have to Islam? This session will be an opportunity to understand the role of music as an expression of spirituality in Islam. The session will include a Whirling (Sema) Ceremony along with explanations.

Wednesday, March 20th, 12 noon in the Chapel of the Epiphany. Sponsored by Vancouver School of Theology and the Iona Pacific Inter-religious Centre.