Monday, November 23, 2009

Launch for Sheema Khan's Of Hockey and Hijab

The last 40th anniversary year event will be the launch of Sheema Khan's Of Hockey and Hijab and a panel discussion on women’s rights, integration and cultural understanding, and finding the balance between security and civil rights.

Since 2002 Sheema Khan - Canadian hockey mom, Harvard PhD and liberal, practicing Muslim - has been writing a monthly column for Globe and Mail on issues pertaining to Islam and Muslims. Her columns on a variety of issues, such as terrorism, human rights, Islamic law, women’s rights, and the meaning of hijab, are now being published as a collection under the title Of Hockey and Hijab.

At the book launch she will be joined by Kerry Pither, author of Dark Days; Farhat Rehman, Women’s Rights Activist; and Keith Neuman, VP Environics Research Group, in a panel discussion. The moderator of the evening is human rights lawyer Yavar Hameed.

The event takes place on Monday December 7, at the Auditorium of the Main Library (120 Metcalfe) at 6:00 pm. As usual, there's no admission fee, and in addition, there will be some light refreshments after the official part of the event is over.

The event is sponsored by CAIR-CAN ( and Muslim Presence Ottawa (

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