Distinguished Royal Session | ‘Humanity Converged’
10.03.2020 | Tuesday | 11:50AM
Karen Armstrong was born on 14 November 1944 in Wildmoor, Worcestershire, England. Armstrong was graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in literature. She then taught Modern Literature at the University of London before becoming the Head of English Language Department at a girls’ school. By 1982, she became a freelance writer and broadcaster, and her new profession gradually led her back to the subject of religion. She began describing herself as a “freelance monotheist”. In 1983, she wrote and presented a six-part television documentary series on the life and work of the Apostle Paul. Much of the background work for the series was done on-site in the Middle East, where Armstrong gained a new appreciation for Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. She then went on to produce other television series, including Varieties of Religious Experience (1984), Tongues of Fire (1985), and Genesis: A Living Conversation (1996). She was also a teacher at the Leo Baeck College for the Study of Judaism and the Training of Rabbis and Teachers, and an honorary member of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists. Armstrong also received the US$100,000 TED Prize in February 2008.