Garment of Destiny:
A Surgeon’s Global Quest for Identity and the Ties that Bind
Dr. Abdallah Daar, a world-renowned transplant surgeon, scientist, bioethicist and global health expert, is a Tanzanian born into Swahili culture, with ancestral roots in Arabia, the Caucasus Mountains, and Ethiopia. This memoir chronicles the exploration of his multiple identities, taking the reader on an absorbing journey to Russia, the Ottoman Empire, Zanzibar, South Africa, Idi Amin’s Uganda, London, Oxford, the Middle East, the US, Canada, and beyond. We meet slaves, royalty, great heroes, Nobel Prize winners, and mass murderers. It is an impassioned call to resist the polarization that is wrenching apart people of different “races,” cultures and religions. Inspired by Gandhi and Martin Luther King, The Garment of Destiny is a remarkable journey that explores the many facets of identity, its formation and who controls it. Are we who we are—or who we are as seen by others? “I believe that there is no clash of civilizations,” Daar says, “because we have one human civilization.”
June 30th, 2018
Abdallah Daar is giving a speech on ethics in an increasingly complex world during the 2018 Ismali Centre Conversation Series, at the Ismali Centre, in Toronto.