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Ahmad Zaki Abu Shadi describes his belief in freedom and justice, first developed through books, and then strengthened through his own life experiences that caused him to leave Egypt and ultimately move to the United States.

Enseng Ho lecture entitled Burial and Travel: Islam across Indian Ocean Cultures.

Muhamma Farid Abu Hadid describes how he struggled to understand the meaning of life, until he realized that happiness was achievable only by stripping away constructed appearances and pursuing affection, cooperation, goodness, mercy, and justice.

Freya Stark talks about her belief in immortality and the afterlife and how this view of eternity affects her perspective and gives her and affinity for sincerity and truth.

William Dalrymple lecture entitled "Return of a King: Shah Shuja and the First Anglo-Afghan War 1839-42"

Sunil Amrith lecture entitled "Islam in the Bay of Bengal: Between Tamil and Malay Worlds"

Robert Travers, Assoc. Professor, Department of History, Cornell University. Lecture entitled "The Connected World of Haji Mustapha: an informer to the British in eighteenth century Bengal"

Seema Alavi lecture entitled "Mughal Decline and the emergence of new global connections in early modern India"

Jonathan Spencer lecture entitled "Peeling the Onion of Conflict: Muslims (and Catholics and Buddhists and Others) in the Sri Lankan Civil War"

Interviewed in Dhaka, Bangladesh by Iftekhar Iqbal