October ISLAMIC HISTORY MONTH Canada
Canada's national cultural heritage is the sum total of the way
Canadians from every background and every walk of life identify and
express themselves. Islamic civilization does not belong only to Muslim
Canadians, but to all Canadians. In fact, for more than 1,000 years
(about 600 AD through 1600 AD), Muslims made significant contributions to
the well-being of humanity in numerous fields of endeavour. There are so
many good stories to share and new learnings to experience; we intend to
do all that, and more, during Islamic History Month Canada.
- Senator Mobina Jaffer, Honourary Chair, Canadian Islamic History Month Canada
Islamic History Month Canada is an educational and cultural project originated, developed and sponsored by the Canadian Islamic Congress.
The objective of IHMC is to motivate and inspire Canadian Muslims to annually share their history, heritage and culture with fellow Canadians during one month, to be called the Islamic History Month Canada (IHMC).
This goal would be achieved through community and public events such as; exhibitions, lectures, celebrity tours, book fairs, and other complementary activities.
This will be a month in which Canadian Muslims celebrate and share our diverse civilization, including our contributions to the arts, sciences, medicine, architecture, humanities, music, spirituality, and every area of human knowledge. It will become a permanent part of Canada's multicultural calendar with similar events across the country and will build bridges of understanding and appreciation between Muslims and all other Canadians.
Moreover, IHMC will enhance Canada's ties, both economically and culturally, with other Muslim countries.
The IHMC Advisory Board includes senators, public figures, academics, inter-faith activists and Muslim community leaders. They include:
- Dr. Hussein Amery (IHMC Chair - Alberta),
- Prof. Dr. Mahmoud Ayoub,
- Prof. Dr. Jamal Badawi,
- Prof. Dr. Pierre C. Bélanger,
- Imam Dr. Zijad Delic (Chair IHMC - Ottawa),
- Prof. Dr. Muneer El-Kassem,
- Salam Elmenyawi (Chair IHMC - Montreal),
- and Dr. Bachar El-Solh, (Chair IHMC - French Language Committee).
- Prof. Dr. Tim Goddard,
- Dr. Naiyer Habib (Chair IHMC - British Colombia),
- Prof. Rick Haldenby,
- Dr. Soha Moussa (Treasurer),
- Uzma Ashraf (Secretary),
- Prof Dr. Anthony Hall,
- Prof. Dr. Sheila McDonough,
- Prof. Dr. Judith Miller,
- Dr. Youssef Mroueh,
- Prof. Dr. David Nobel,
- Prof. Dr. Andrew Rippin,
- Haroon Salamat (Chair IHMC - Toronto),
- Senator Hugh Segal,
- Dr. Taufik Valiante, MD, PhD, FRCS,
- Prof. Dr. Ahmad Yousif.
- Dr. Mohamed Elmasry (past Chair),
- Ayub Hamid (past Treasurer),
- Dr. Sawan (past Secretary).
IHMC is sponsored by the Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC), Islamic Circle of North America-Canada (ICNA), Muslim Association of Canada (MAC), Islamic Supreme Council of Canada (ISCC), the Canadian Muslim Forum (CMF), the Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM), Canadian Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN), the Coalition of Muslim Organization (COMO), the Ottawa Muslim Association (OMA), the Human Concern International (HCI), the Canadian Arab Federation (CAF), the High Commission and the Government of Malaysia, AlBukhary Foundation and the law firms of McCarthy Tétrault, Philips & Vineberg, Michel W. Drapeau Law Firm, Quadra Systems Corporation as well as many Canadian and international corporations and individuals, both financially and in-kind, too many to list. To all of our generous sponsors, we are gratefully thankful.
Islamic History Month Canada
877 Shefford Road Gloucester
Ottawa ON K1J 8H9
Tel: (613) 680-2867
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