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Book Launch: Great Muslims of the West – Makers of the Western Islam

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Great Muslims of the West – Makers of the Western Islam

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Muhammad Mojlum Khan was born in 1973 in Habiganj, Bangladesh and was brought up and educated in England. He is an award-winning British writer, literary critic and research scholar.

He has published more than 200 essays and articles worldwide and his writings have been translated into several languages. He is the author of the bestselling The Muslim 100 (2008) and The Muslim Heritage of Bengal (2013). He is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Director of the Bengal Muslim Research Institute UK

About the book

Muslims have lived in the “West” for hundreds of years, yet the lives of all but a few are little known. In this illuminating work, Muhammad Mojlum Khan sets out to change this by revealing the lives and impact of over fifty significant Muslims, from the founder of Muslim Spain in the eighth century to Muhammad Ali of yesteryear.

Including the contributions of great philosophers, scientists and theologians, alongside the achievements of musicians, sportspeople and writers, this work shows just how diverse, original and positive the Muslim influence on the West has been, and continues to be.

This extraordinary book features biographies on the enslaved African Prince Ayuba Sulaiman Diallo, who was put to work in the tobacco fields of Maryland; Abdullah Quilliam, the Victorian Shaykh of the British Isles; Alexander Russell Webb, the voice of Muslims in Victorian America; and W.D. Muhammad, Elijah Muhammad’s son, who mentored Malcolm X and transformed the Nation of Islam. Scroll below to see the full list!

Reviewer's comments - Dr Mamnun Khan in The Muslim News

Great historians become great not only because of their painstaking effort in mining and locating rare and unpublished manuscripts but also for their ability to evaluate historical records to piece together a rigorous and accurate account of the past. After all, it’s not possible to go back in time, and thus we’re often left with questions like how might we gain access to the past and how might we reconstruct the fuller meanings locked in God’s revealed texts?

Most of us who read books of history will lack the necessary analytical skills or capacity (time, budget, stamina etc.) to even contemplate this, let alone attempt it.

Consequently, we’re heavy, if not absolutely, reliant on others to do the work for us. In this regard, I cannot think of no other living British Muslim who has served us in this way over the past decade than the author of this book. In his latest addition to the phenomenal trilogy (see The Muslim 100 [2008] and The Muslim Heritage of Bengal [2013]) that offers succour to the multitude of identity issues faced by British Muslims, the author presents to us – with much research, breadth and precision, and in a sense brings home to us Westerners living in the present, a window into the long history of Great Muslims of the West . . .

http://muslimnews.co.uk/newspaper/regular-columns/book-review-unfolding-1400-years-history-western-islam/


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6pm - Introduction by Dr Shuja Shafi, Chair of MCB ReDoc

6.10pm - presentation by the author, Mojlum Khan

6.50pm - Publisher's Perspective

7.00pm - Q&A

7.15pm - Refreshments and book signing

Light refreshments to be served.


Limited seating so please register to avoid disappointment - allocation on a 'first come, first served basis'. A 'confirmation of registration' email will be sent to you with venue address.

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