July 29, 2016 Peace and the Quran Subject of Kluge Center Lecture

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Juan Cole, a prominent scholar and blogger who writes on the Muslim world’s relationship with the West, will discuss notions of peace found in the Quran, in a lecture at the Library of Congress on Aug. 18.

"Peace and Concord in the Quran" will take place at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, in room 119 on the first floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed.

Cole is the current Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South at the Library’s John W. Kluge Center. He is the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan and the author of "The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is changing the Middle East" (2014). His "Informed Comment" blog provides historical context to modern-day events in the Muslim world. He has commented extensively on al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran.

While at the Kluge Center, Cole has been researching a project titled, "The Idea of Peace in the Quran." He has used the Library’s collections to examine concepts of peace in Muslim scriptures, tracing the evolution of peace and corollary ideas chronologically and contextually through the text, with special attention to sets of words grouped together that refer to the topic.

The author or editor of more than 10 books on the Middle East, Cole has appeared on "The ABC Nightly News," "Nightline," "The Today Show," "Charlie Rose," "Anderson Cooper 360," "Chris Hayes’ All In," "Rachel Maddow," "Democracy Now!" and "The Colbert Report."

The Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South is a distinguished senior research position in residence at the Library, appointed by the Librarian of Congress. Using research facilities and services at the Library, the scholar is expected to explore the regions including Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and the islands of the Pacific including Australia and New Zealand, using the immense foreign-language collections of the Library of Congress.

Through a generous endowment from John W. Kluge, the Library of Congress established the Kluge Center in 2000 to bring together the world's best thinkers to stimulate and energize one another, to distill wisdom from the Library's rich resources, and to interact with policymakers in Washington. For more information about the Kluge Center visit loc.gov/kluge/.

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PR 16-123
ISSN 0731-3527