We are delighted to invite you to join the scholarly communities of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Harvard Divinity School as we welcome His Eminence Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, as our Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecturer. The lecture will take place on Monday, October 3, 2011, in Cambridge, at the Sackler Lecture Hall at 485 Broadway (at the corner of Quincy Street), from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. The lecture is open to the public, but seating is limited to 275 people.
The Sultan, as the titular ruler of Sokoto in northern Nigeria, is head of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (Society for the Victory of Islam), and president-general of the Nigerian National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs. He is the spiritual leader of Nigeria's 70 million Muslims, who entail half the nation's population. On October 3, the Sultan, in the tradition of Jodidi lecturers addressing "tolerance, understanding and good will among nations, and the peace of the world,” will be speaking on "Islam and Peace-Building in West Africa."
A video of this talk will be posted on our Vimeo channel as soon as it becomes available.