With Asma Bala
Wednesdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
January 23 – February 27, 2013
At Emmanuel College, Room 205
This course will examine religious diversity in Canada, as it has shifted from a country of “immigration” to a “multicultural” state. Special attention will be given to the place of Muslims within this diversity and the challenges, tensions and controversies that have arisen over the past decade. Moreover, recognizing that religion plays a prominent role in public space, the case of interfaith and intra-faith interactions will also be explored.
Asma Bala has completed a Masters in Religion and Culture from Wilfrid Laurier University. Her recent research focus has been on religion and public policy, namely the relationship that exists between diverse Muslim communities and state authorities. She has earned certifications in Critical Muslim Studies through the University of Granada, and Genocide and Human Rights Studies through the Zoryan Institute (and the University of Toronto).
Currently, she is responsible for community outreach for a member of Provincial parliament and has also interned in the Office of the Premier of Ontario, working on diverse community outreach. As a long time activist, Asma has worked on the boards of Muslim Students’ Association National, the Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals and various community and political initiatives.
Course fee $150, $90 for those having a valid student ID and $75 for under 18,
unemployed or social assistance with valid proofReligious Pluralism in Canada Registration Form