Tahir Shah discuss stories and storytelling.


An Evening of Storytelling at the Ismaili Centre

Thursday, April 7, 2016
7:00pm to 9.00 pm
Ismaili Centre Toronto, Social Hall

Egyptian storyteller Chirine El Ansary and author/adventurer Tahir Shah explore and celebrate the place of the storyteller in modern society. Guests will have an opportunity to be regaled by the art and tradition of storytelling and the role storytelling has in offering wisdom and guidance in contemporary society.

Tahir Shah is a champion of what he calls “the East-West Bridge”.  In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in the United States in 2001, Tahir began to devote a great deal of time and energy into establishing and promoting a cultural bridge made up by those who like him, are both from the East and from the West. He has spoken and written on the idea that people have a responsibility to “show the East to the West, and the West to the East,” highlighting the common cultural heritage of the two, and working towards a common goal. Tahir’s greatest interest within the East-West theme is probably the subject of the legacy of science in medieval Islam, and its role in creating a foundation for the Renaissance. He has lectured publicly on the subject and believes strongly in the importance of drawing attention to the polymath poet-scientists from the Golden Age of Islam.

Tahir Shah is the author of The Caliph’s House, In Arabian Nights, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and many other books. Storytelling is at the heart of his travels and work.

Chirine El Ansary is an Egyptian storyteller living in France, who specializes in traditional Arab folk tales. She has performed at festivals throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Quebec.

Tahir Shah and Chirine El Ansary are featured performers at the Toronto Storytelling Festival.

Tickets: $15 available at the door or register online

For information about the Toronto Storytelling Festival visit www.torontostorytellingfestival.ca. and is included in the Storytelling  Festival Pass