Amir Ahmad Nasr: What Happened to the Arab Spring?
Amir Ahmad Nasr is the formerly anonymous provocative voice and Arab Spring activist behind the internationally acclaimed sociopolitical blog The Sudanese Thinker, infamously credited with helping to inspire the rise of the Sudanese digital activism scene. In 2013, at the age of 26, Amir made his authorial debut with his memoir My Isl@m: How Fundamentalism Stole My Mind – And Doubt Freed My Soul, which forced him to seek political asylum in Canada. As a result of his decade-long work at the intersection of culture, digital media, and current affairs, Amir has shared the stage with Nobel Peace Laureates, former presidents, and fellow entrepreneurs. He been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Bloomberg, France24, Al Jazeera English, CBC, WNYC, and many more media outlets in over 12 languages across the globe. Amir is passionate about accelerating the prospects of reform in the Middle East, and the wider Muslim world, and believes that the application of integral tools and practices wields great potential in aiding this objective. His website is amirahmadnasr.com.
We’re very excited about our event with Amir Ahmad Nasr on September 8. We sponsored a talk by Amir four years ago (“The Dawn of an Integral Islam”), just before he published his searing memoir My Isl@m: How Fundamentalism Stole My Mind – And Doubt Freed My Soul. Amir’s book was widely praised but banned in several countries, which forced him to seek political asylum in Canada.
Amir is that rarest of souls — a young man who has already lived, and is living, the path of development of a truly Integral Islamic identity, one that has taken him from Khartoum to Qatar to Malaysia to Cyberspace to the Arab Spring and now Canada.
In this evening event, Amir will help us understand the multifaceted answer to the question: What Happened to the Arab Spring?
As the Wall Street Journal notes, “early in 2011, the Arab Spring went into bloom across the Middle East and North Africa, and, in the glorious early phase of the uprisings, [Amir’s] own little posse of sharp-tongued liberal bloggers turned out to be the revolutionary vanguard.”
It was an optimistic moment in history, in which we were treated to many inspiring news reports focused on young, educated, tech-savvy, and relatively progressive youth who rallied their fellow citizens during the early phases of the uprisings.
But over time and with more recent headlines, that all seems to have changed… or has it?
According to Amir, missing from the conversation so far has been the crucial discussion about the evolution of consciousness and spirituality among the Internet-connected youth of the Arab world. Despite the tragedies and his sober assessment, he still sees much to be optimistic about.
During the program, Amir will speak with heartfelt candidness and invite the audience to participate in immersive thought experiments and inquiries into some of the moral dilemmas confronting all of us as integrally-informed change-agents as we strive to raise consciousness and change our world.
Amir Ahmad Nasr: What Happened to Arab Spring?
Tuesday, September 8, 7:00 to 9:30pm
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists <– Note: Different Venue!
1606 Bonita Ave., Berkeley
Pre-Registration: $20 regular, $12 senior/student/hardship
(Pre-registration ends 11:30pm the day before the event)
Day of Event: $25 regular, $15 senior/student/hardship
No one turned away for lack of funds
Volunteer Comp: A few available for this event; see the Volunteer page for details