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Book Launch Honouring Gandhi's Anniversary. McGill professor of comparative religion unravels the leader's little known spiritual life

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Montreal – In commemoration of Mahatma Gandhi's birthday and the International Day of Non-Violence celebrated in his honour, author and comparative religion professor, Arvind Sharma will host a public book signing for his recently published, Gandhi: A Spiritual Biography, on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 5 pm at Paragraphe Bookstore.

Through Prof. Sharma’s clear and easy-to-read style and meticulous research, readers are provided with a comprehensive portrait of the spiritual man behind one of the greatest leaders of our time,“ said Ellen Aitken, Dean, Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill.

In Gandhi: A Spiritual Biography, Arvind Sharma, shifts the focus to the understudied subject of Gandhi's spiritual life, and retells the story of Gandhi's life through this lens. Illuminating unsuspected dimensions of Gandhi's inner world and uncovering their surprising connections with his outward actions, Sharma explores the eclectic religious atmosphere in which Gandhi was raised, his belief in karma and rebirth, his conviction that morality and religion are synonymous, his attitudes toward tyranny and freedom, and, perhaps most important, the mysterious source of his power to establish new norms of human conduct.

About the author

Arvind Sharma is the Birks Professor of Comparative Religion at McGill University. He has held fellowships at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Center for the Study of World Religions, the Brookings Institute, the Center for the Study of values in Public Life, and the Center for business and Government. His published works include Our Religions: The Seven World Religions Introduced by Preeminent Scholars from each Traditions and Women in World Religions. He lives in Montreal and is currently promoting the adoption of a Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the World's Religions. In April, Arvind Sharma won the 2013 Hindu American Foundation's Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Advancement of Religious Pluralism.

The book signing will take place at Paragraphe bookstore, 2220 McGill College Avenue on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 5 pm.


For more information:

Victoria Pickering

T: 514-771-2837

Virginie Karagirwa

T: 514-802-9093

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