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Rock & Roll Jihad-Book Conversations and Concert

The University of Oregon is pleased to be hosting Salman Ahmad at the end of this month. He is the founder of Pakistan’s biggest rock band, Janoon, and also author of “Rock and Roll Jihad.” Janoon’s music is, roughly, a fusion of Sufi music and Led Zeppelin. He has also been a UN peace ambassador, and has tried to use music to bring about peace, especially between India and Pakistan.

There are a series of Book Conversations scheduled about “Rock and Roll Jihad,” on Tuesdays October 9 and 16, at 4 pm in 117 Global Scholars Hall. Books are available for sale at the UO Bookstore, and copies have been placed in the Mills International Center and the Global Scholars library. There are also CDs of his music in the Global Scholars Hall library. Salman Ahmad will be speaking on Thursday, October 25, at 11 am in the MIlls International Center to discuss the message of his book, and his experiences being a rock star in Pakistan starting during the time of Zia ul-Haq, and the work he has done promoting international peace.

He will be performing in Eugene on October 25 (Willamette High School, 7 pm, free admission) and October 26 (Beall Hall, UO Campus, 7:30 p.m., $10, $7 for students).