A contentious issue in secularism, and one which is overdue an enlightening perspective.
Dr William Donaldson will offer his views on the subject.
W.J. Donaldson began studying Arabic and Islam some forty-five years ago, much of it at close quarters while living and working in Arab villages in the Arabian Gulf and Oman in the 1970s, and later in Yemen.
He holds two M.A. Hons. Degrees (Geography, and Arabic), and has two Ph.D.s, one in the field of artisanal fisheries development (Durham University) and the other in an aspect of Islamic contract law (Edinburgh University).
He is the author of a number of academic articles on aspects of Arabia, including Islamic weights and measures and Arabian customary law, and has also published a book on Yemeni sharecropping in its Islamic dimension.
He retired from teaching Arabic at the University of Edinburgh in 2001 to take up long-distance cycle touring. Since then he has pedalled 32,000 miles through thirty countries and five continents, including a three year long 17,250 mile cycle ride round the world. He has recently returned from a 6,000 mile ride to eastern Ukraine and back (which, since it took fourteen months, broke no speed records whatever).
This event is hosted by Edinburgh Secular Society and is open to anyone interested in secular ideas.
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