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  Karen Armstrong

For years she was tagged the "runaway nun," the rebellious ex-Catholic with outspoken opinions about religion--comparing, for example, Pope John Paul II to a Muslim fundamentalist.

Now, with her 12th book, "Islam, a Short History", Karen Armstrong has changed her image. She can still be sharp-tongued, inclined to draw conclusions that get a rise out of critics. But something closer to reconciliation, rather than anger, is propelling her.

Her life in a British convent is 30 years behind her. She spent seven years in the Society of the Holy Child Jesus during the 1960s and later wrote a tell-all book, "Through the Narrow Gate" (St. Martin's Press, 1982) that bemoaned the restrictive life. (The frightened nuns did not know the Cuban missile crisis of 1962 had ended for several weeks; they were not allowed to inquire about the outside world.) Armstrong is still hearing about the book: "Catholics in England hate me. They've sent me excrement in the mail."

Readers who have followed her lately are learning her more optimistic ideas about what Islam, Judaism and Christianity have in common. Three of these books--"A History of God" (Ballantine, 1993), "Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths" (Knopf, 1996) and "The Battle for God" (Knopf, 2000)--show what unites the faiths. Each, Armstrong writes, has developed the image of one Supreme Being who was first revealed to the prophet Abraham. All have historic links to Jerusalem. And more recently, each has built up a rigid conservative strain as a reaction against the modern world.

Last year, the Islamic Center of Southern California honored Armstrong as a bridge builder who promotes understanding among the three faiths. On a book tour last week that included Los Angeles, the Londoner met again with members of the center in a Santa Monica home. . . . short bio
For years she was tagged the "runaway nun," the rebellious ex-Catholic with outspoken opinions about religion--comparing, for example, Pope John Paul II to a Muslim fundamentalist.

Now, with her 12th book, "Islam, a Short History", Karen Armstrong has changed her image. She can still be sharp-tongued, inclined to draw conclusions that get a rise out of critics. But something closer to reconciliation, rather than anger, is propelling her . . . full bio

2014
Religion and the History of Violence
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Karen Armstrong
Date: 08-12-2014
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2013
Friday Afternoon Lecture
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Karen Armstrong
Date: 07-26-2013
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2012
Pakistan: A Modern Dilemma
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Karen Armstrong
Date: 07-27-2012
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2011
Ancient Iran: Its Links with Us
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Karen Armstrong
Date: 08-01-2011
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The Theology of Revolution
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Karen Armstrong
Date: 08-05-2011
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2010
The Mystery of Compassion
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Karen Armstrong
Date: 08-20-2010
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2009
Why Compassion?
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Karen Armstrong
Date: 08-14-2009
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2008
What is Religion? Part 1
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Karen Armstrong
Date: 06-23-2008
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What is Religion? Part 2
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Speaker(s): Karen Armstrong
Date: 06-24-2008
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What is Religion? Part 3
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Date: 06-25-2008
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What is Religion? Part 4
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Date: 06-26-2008
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What is Religion? Part 5
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Date: 06-27-2008
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2007
2:00pm What is a Sacred Text?
Library: Philosophical Lectures
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Date: 07-30-2007
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4:00pm A Short History of Myth
Library: Philosophical Lectures
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Date: 08-02-2007
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2006
2:00pm Empathy
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Karen Armstrong, Thandeka
Date: 08-09-2006
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2004
The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness
Library: CLSC
Speaker(s): Karen Armstrong
Date: 08-19-2004
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The 3 Monotheistic Religions: The Abrahamic Vision in the Context of the Wider Religious World
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Karen Armstrong
Date: 08-20-2004
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2003
Out of This World: The Meaning of Transcendence
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Karen Armstrong
Date: 07-14-2003
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Into the Depths: The Condition of Enlightenment
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Karen Armstrong
Date: 07-15-2003
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Transformation, Freedom, and a Recovery of Innocence
Library: Philosophical Lectures
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Date: 07-16-2003
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Traveling Companions: The Role of Compassion
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Karen Armstrong
Date: 07-17-2003
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Conversations with Vashti Mackenzie and Karen Armstrong
Library: Miscelleneous
Speaker(s): Karen Armstrong, Rev. Vashti McKenzie
Date: 07-17-2003
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Interfaith Panel Discussion with Karen Armstrong, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, and Rabbi Samuel Stahl
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Karen Armstrong, Rabbi Samuel M. Stahl, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf
Date: 07-18-2003
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2002
Islam in Iran
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Karen Armstrong, Dr. Azim Nanji
Date: 06-28-2002
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Love as Understood and Lived Through Islam
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Karen Armstrong, Dr. Gulzar Haider
Date: 07-05-2002
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Islam on Justice and Mercy
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Karen Armstrong, Dr. Azizah Y. al-Hibri
Date: 07-10-2002
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Islam and Education
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Karen Armstrong, Dr. Laila Al-Marayati
Date: 07-19-2002
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Contemporary Issues in Modern Islam
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Karen Armstrong, Dr. Vali Nasr
Date: 07-26-2002
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Islam: A Short History
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Date: 08-01-2002
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Faith After September 11th
Library: Current Issues Lectures
Speaker(s): Karen Armstrong
Date: 08-02-2002
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Pluralism, Intolerance and the Quran
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Karen Armstrong, Ali S. Asani
Date: 08-02-2002
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Islam and Mysticism
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Karen Armstrong, Dr. Vincent Cornell
Date: 08-09-2002
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Islam and Modernity
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Karen Armstrong, Sulayman Nyang
Date: 08-16-2002
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Islamic Spirituality
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Karen Armstrong, Raficq Abdulla
Date: 08-23-2002
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2001
Human Nature: How Natural Is It?
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Karen Armstrong
Date: 07-02-2001
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The Human Person and Evil
Library: Philosophical Lectures
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Date: 07-03-2001
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The Freedom of the Human Person
Library: Philosophical Lectures
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Date: 07-04-2001
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The Human Person and God
Library: Philosophical Lectures
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Date: 07-05-2001
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The Modern Human Person
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Karen Armstrong
Date: 07-06-2001
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1999
The History of God
Library: CLSC
Speaker(s): Karen Armstrong
Date: 07-01-1999
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