Understanding the World of Islam: Faith Under Attack

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Event Details

Gain deeper understanding and appreciation, expand your knowledge base, and reconsider some ideas you might already have about Islam through this continuing academic lecture series, in partnership with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago.

The second lecture in this year's series, Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director of the Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations as well as CAIR's National Strategic Communications Director, will reflect on the recent tragedies in Sri Lanka and New Zealand and the challenges posed by contemporary forms of national, racial, and religious extremism. The lecture also will explore the implications of these events for the future practice of minority faith communities. Bring your questions to the discussion, or email them in advance to communications@oppl.org.

A frequent writer and lecturer on contemporary social issues including civil rights, media relations, and Islam-West relations, Rehab routinely speaks on University campuses in Chicago and around the country. Rehab comments as a guest on various local TV and cable news programs, as well as on radio stations. He has been interviewed by the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Daily Herald, the Washington Post, the Orlando Sentinel, the Economist, the Boston Globe, Crain's Business Magazine, Germany's Die Zeit, and many more. Rehab is an alumnus of the FBI Citizen's Academy and leads local efforts to foster positive relations with law enforcement officials, elected officials, political appointees, and representatives of various governmental agencies.

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies is active locally, regionally, and nationally in its goal of enhancing public knowledge of the Middle East. The Middle East Education Initiative coordinates all Center outreach programs and routinely collaborates with K-12 and post-secondary educational institutions, museums and libraries, journalists and news media organizations, cultural and religious groups, diplomatic circles, and the public and private sectors. CMES draws on the critical expertise of scholars and specialists from the University of Chicago community and around the country to promote a descriptive and critical understanding of North Africa, West Asia, Central Asia, and the wider Islamic world in both historical and contemporary contexts.

Mark your calendar for the other upcoming events in this series:

Event Type(s): Arts & Culture
Age Group(s): Adults
Presenter: Ahmed Rehab
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