October 17, 2018

Professor Juan Cole visits Penn

On October 16, Professor Juan Cole of the University of Michigan visited Penn's campus for a talk in conjunction with the publication of his latest book Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires. In his lecture which honed in on specific passages in the Koran, the subject of peace was addressed from different perspectives. Professor Cole argued in favor of the idea of Mecca as a city of peace during during a time fraught with tensions and of the centrality of the concept of peace in original Islam.