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Al Rashid Edmonton in collaboration with Edmonton Heritage Council and University of Alberta Press is honoured to invite you to the official launch of Al Rashid: Building Canadian Muslim Communities by Earle H. Waugh.
About the book:
Al Rashid Mosque, Canada’s first and one of the earliest in North America, was erected in Edmonton in the depth of the Depression of the 1930s. Over time, the story of this first mosque, which served as a magnet for more Lebanese Muslim immigrants to Edmonton, was woven into the folklore of the local community.
"Edmonton’s Al Rashid Mosque has played a key role in Islam’s Canadian development. Founded by Muslims from Lebanon, it has grown into a vibrant community fully integrated into Canada’s cultural mosaic. The mosque continues to be a concrete expression of social good, a symbol of a proud Muslim Canadian identity. This book provides a welcome introduction to the ethics and values of homegrown Muslims, tracing the mosque’s role in education and community leadership and celebrates the numerous contributions of Muslim Canadians in Edmonton and across Canada." Baha Abu-Laban, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Alberta.
Forty years ago, as a young scholar in Islamic Studies at the University of Alberta, Al Rashid’s Muslims welcomed my queries, tolerated my ignorance, and joyfully opened their homes and their hearts. Earle H. Waugh
Al Rashid Mosque is a timely and important volume of Islamic and Canadian history.
About the Author:
Earle H. Waugh has studied Islam in Canada and the Middle East for most of his adult life. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta and a senior scholar in the areas of religious studies, health and culture, and Indigenous language maintenance.
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