Imran Ahmad Comes to Shepherd's Bush Library

Author talks of getting published in post 9/11 world

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On Thursday April 14 at 6.30pm (doors open 6pm), Imran Ahmad gives a talk called Islam and the West: Living, Travelling and Getting Published in a Post-9/11 World.

Imran, author of Unimagined - Muhammad, Jesus and James Bond gives an insightful, poignant, entertaining but, above all, personal account of his experiences growing up in the Cold War era, dreaming of being a writer, and the profound changes he experienced after 9/11. 

His emotions during his frequent business travel to America transformed from joyful anticipation to nervous apprehension.  He discusses the "lazy tribalism" which drives us towards polarization, dehumanization and demonization, and the need for a "re-humanization" of the relationship between the Islamic and Western worlds.

His hilarious account of his journey to publication reveals how the motif of "Islam vs the West" is very hard to break - especially when it’s profitable. Also, how following your dream entails doing the necessary work and getting some good luck along the way. 

In 2009, Imran Ahmad embarked on a 14,000 mile drive around the United States in a hybrid car, conducting 41 speaking events in 39 cities, as part of his "re-humanization" mission. 

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April 6, 2011

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