The Muslim Studies Option and the Faculty of Arts
Wilfrid Laurier University
Present a Public Lecture

Ideological Dimensions of Islamic Militancy: a Counter Narrative from Pakistan
A Public Lecture by Dr. Khalid Zaheer


Dr. Khalid Zaheer ( is a Fellow of al-Mawrid Institute (, a foundation for Islamic research and education established in Lahore, Pakistan.

He received his PhD from University of Wales, and his MBA from the University of the Punjab. From 2009-2012, he was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of University of Central Punjab. He previously taught at the Lahore University of Management Sciences and at Punjab University. Dr. Zaheer received his religious education through associations with the renowned Pakistani intellectuals Dr. Israr Ahmed, Mawlana Amin Ahsan Islahi and Mr. Javed Ahmed Ghamdi.

Dr. Zaheer’s understanding of Islamic teachings and his experiences have convinced him that our world today is confronted with the scourges of two extremisms: religious extremism and liberal extremism. In their espousal of moderation, Dr. Zaheer and the other Fellows affiliated with al-Mawrid Institute have taken great personal risks in speaking out against extremism in Pakistan.

In this lecture, Dr. Zaheer will address the ideological dimensions underpinning the rise of militant Muslim groups such as ISIS, al-Qaeda and the Taliban.


When: Thursday, Aug. 6
Where: Paul Martin Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University
Time: 7-9pm


Visitor Parking is available in Lots 10, 17 and 20 (enter via Mid-Campus Drive, off University Ave. W). See parking map online at:

For more information, please contact Dr. Ali Zaidi (email: [email protected] or ph: 519-884-0710×3698)

Open to the public — everyone welcome