American Muslim leader coming to Scotland

By Simon Barrow
August 22, 2011

Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, the American Muslim leader, author and activist at the centre of the recent storm about plans to build an Islamic community centre near Ground Zero in New York, arrives Scotland at the end of this week for a series of talks and events connected with the 2011 Festival of Spirituality and Peace in Edinburgh.

Imam Faisal will be speaking at a discussion on 9/11, entitled ‘The Day the World Changed’, on Saturday 27 August, from 9.30 to 10.30am at St John’s Church, Lothian Road, and on Wednesday 31 August, from 6.30 to 8.00pm. at Wellington Church, University Avenue, Glasgow.

He will also be receiving a Peace Award at the closing event of the Festival of Spirituality and Peace, on Sunday 28 August, at 6.00pm at St John’s Church, and will be meeting religious and civic leaders while he is here.

Tickets for the Edinburgh conversation (£6 or £4 concessions, free to under1 8s and claimants) from Hub Tickets, Castlehill, Edinburgh (, or on the door - though this is likely to be sold out.

The full Festival programme is at:

* Spirituality Peace and News:

* More on FoSP from Ekklesia:

* Latest press release:

* Media contact for Imam Faisal's Scottish visit: Edd McCracken, University of Edinburgh: 0131 651 4400 Edd.McCracken AT ed DOT ac DOT uk


© Simon Barrow is co-director of Ekklesia. He is assisting with FoSP publicity in 2011.

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