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Alternative View of World History Topic of Creighton University Lecture

Author Tamim Ansary, a native of Afghanistan, will present "Through Islamic Eyes a Parallel History of the World,” at 7 p.m., April 8, at Creighton University’s Mike and Josie Harper Center Hixson-Lied Auditorium. A reception will be held outside the auditorium prior to the event at 6 p.m. The event and reception are free to the public.

Ansary is an author, lecturer and teacher from Afghanistan who has lived in the U.S. since 1964. He has published multiple books, including The Widow’s Husband, West of Kabul and Destiny Interrupted: World History through Islamic Eyes, the last of which earned him the 2010 Northern California Book Award for general nonfiction.

He will present an alternative narrative of world history. According to Ansary, the most familiar narrative of world history traces a line from Mesopotamia/Egypt through Greece and Rome to the rise of the West. Ansary will examine how millions of people around the world see world history centered around Istanbul and the Indus River and will then present an alternative narrative of world history that may help to make comprehensible today's turmoil.

The event is sponsored by the Henry W. Casper, S.J. Professorship in History and the Muslim Student Association. For more information, contact Jamal Jamil jamaljamil@creighton.edu.