Dr. Pankhurst to Present “Islam on the World Stage” at Urbana University

URBANA, Ohio (October 14, 2013) - “Islam on the World Stage” will be presented by Jerry Pankhurst, Ph.D., at Urbana University’s Library on Monday, November 4 at 7 pm. The program is part of the Muslim Journeys: Bridging Cultures Bookshelf programs being offered by Urbana University during the months of October and November. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Pankhurst will give an overview of the current state of Islam around the world. While Dr. Pankhurst’s talk will include background information about Islam and its adherents, it will be focused on recent events, perhaps even events that happen the day of his presentation.   

Dr. Pankhurst serves as professor and chair of the Department of Sociology at Wittenberg University. His concentration is in Cultural Belief Systems, and he has developed a teaching and research specialization on Islam and Islamic societies. He has previously led programs and discussions in a non-classroom setting as well, initiating programming for and coordinating an annual community Iftar meal during Ramadan that has been held at Wittenberg annually since 2005 when Ramadan falls during the school year. In 2012, he received a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award and taught in the Republic of Estonia for a semester. In 2008, Dr. Pankhurst received an award for outstanding achievement in education from the Springfield An-Nur Islamic Center.

Free parking is available in the lot beside Barclay/Bailey Hall and in front of Memmott and Eaton Halls.

For details about other programs in the Muslim Journeys series, consult the website: http://www.urbana.edu/resources/community/muslimjourneys.html

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Major support for the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. Local support is provided by Urbana University and the Champaign County Peace Alliance.

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