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SPRING LECTURE SERIES – “No People Will Prosper Who Appoint a Woman to Rule over Them”

April 19, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Expect the Unexpected: A Surprising (?)

Life is full of surprises. Sometimes we make assumptions that turn out to be incorrect, and we are intrigued and (hopefully) illuminated by what we learn from these experiences. Join faculty from Langara College as we explore a number of topics, both historical and contemporary, perhaps discovering some unexpected things along the way.

Registration is open to members and their guests. You’ll need to register for the zoom meetings as well, even though the zoom link, ID and passcode are below.

All presentations will take place at 7:00 pm. Presentations that will be taking place via Zoom. Please register above to receive the Zoom link and meeting credentials.

Tuesday, April 19 via Zoom (No charge)
Speaker: Niall Christie, Department of History, Latin and Political Science
Topic: “No People Will Prosper Who Appoint a Woman to Rule over Them”: Gender and Government in Muslim Sources for the Crusading Period

The above proverb, attributed to the Prophet Muhammad, was in common circulation in Muslim society during the crusading period (11th-13th centuries CE) and was seen by many Muslim scholars of the time as an indication that political power should only be wielded by men. Yet how far does it accurately capture the attitudes prevalent in the wider Muslim society of the period? We will explore these questions, discussing the extent to which the situation was rather more nuanced than it might initially seem.

 Mark your calendar for Spring Lecture Series in May – May 9 (at Hycroft), 12 (via Zoom) & 19 (at Hycroft).


April 19, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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1489 McRae Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6H 1V1 Canada
(604) 731-4661
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The University Women’s Club of Vancouver
(604) 731-4661
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