Islamic History Month is a nationwide celebration that seeks to share the history, heritage and culture of Muslims with fellow Canadians. For the 17th year in a row, Kingston’s City Council has proclaimed October as Islamic History Month (IHM).
According to a media release from both the Islamic Society of Kingston (ISK) and Muslim Societies, Global Perspectives (MSGP) of Queen’s University, the theme for Islamic History Month 2023 is Celebrating Muslim Women in the Arts and Sciences.
Organizers shared that a pre-launch event was held recently for the youth at the Islamic Centre of Kingston, featuring Hassam Munir speaking on Expressions of Faith: Stories of Muslim Women Artists in History.
Local events, both associated with this year’s theme, but also with connections to Islamic History in general, are being organized through the ISK and MSGP of Queen’s, and include the following events:
- October 1: Illumination of City Hall in Green to commemorate Islamic History Month, starting at 6:30 p.m.
- October 8: Seerah Conference with Imam Mufti Abdulmannan Mulla, Shaykh Imran Khan, Imam Abdullah El-Asmar, Imam AbdurRashid Taylor, at the Islamic Centre of Kingston from 2 to 5 p.m.
- October 17: Islam and the Reformation: Origins and the Modern Quest for Reform in the Muslim World by Dr. Mehmet Karabela. Hosted by MSGP in Watson Hall, Room 517 (Queen’s University campus), from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
- October 22: Open House Celebrating Local Muslim Women Artists and Scientists at the Islamic Centre of Kingston, from 2 to 4 p.m.
- Book Displays at the Isabel Turner and Central Branches of the Kingston Frontenac Libraries.
For additional information, visit the Islamic History Month, Kingston Facebook page, the Muslim Societies, Global Perspectives of Queen’s University Facebook page, or the ISK website. For more information on this national initiative please see the Islamic History Month Canada Facebook page.