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Islam Speakers to Clear Misperceptions


Speakers on Islam to Clear Misperceptions About the Religion and Tradition

Religious, Cultural Scholars Present a Weeklong Series of Talks

(April 11, 2003)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Islamic scholars and teachers will be presenting a series of lectures on the week of April 14 at he University of California, Riverside to provide a factual perspective on the religion and its traditions and to address stereotypes of the faith and its believers.

Each free public lecture is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the UC Riverside Commons Cafeteria. For more information about the lectures, call the Muslim Student Union of UC Riverside, which is sponsoring the talks, at (909) 743-7065.
The talks include the following:

• Monday April 14: Priests and Preachers Entering Islam, by Sheikh Yusuf Estas. He will discuss the process by which people convert to Islam. Estas was born into a Christian family in the Midwest and relocated to Houston, Tex. in 1949. He became interested in the variety of religious music from different faiths and converted to Islam in 1991. He now is the national chaplain for American Muslims and travels throughout the country and the world to educate and communicate the correct message of Islam and its people.

• Tuesday April 15: Wives of the Prophet, by Imad Bayoun. He will discuss the theological and cultural basis for the practice of polygamy in the Islamic tradition, and the roles of the wife in Islamic society. Although the Quran does not explicitly prohibit polygamy, it does caution believers to deal equally and justly with all wives and if that is not possible, to have only one wife. Bayoun is preparing his Ph.D. at UC Riverside and dedicates much of his time to education about Islam.

• Wednesday April 16: Jihad of Jesus, by Hisham Mahmoud. He will discuss the interrelated nature of the Bible and the Quran and will deal with the concept the Jihad, or holy war, as the personal struggle against inner shortcomings. He will examine the inner struggles of Jesus as an example of such a Jihad. Mahmoud is a graduate student at UCLA and has educated himself in religions apart from Islam. His focus is on Islamic studies and Hebrew.

• Thursday April 17: Tolerance in Islam, by Dani Doueiri. He will speak about the tradition of tolerance of diverse cultures and ethnicities in Islam. Doueiri is a professor at the California State University, San Bernardino, where he teaches Arabic and Islamic studies. He is an active member of the Muslim American Society, a nonprofit charitable, religious, cultural and educational organization formed to present the message of Islam to Muslims and non-Muslims and promote understanding between them.

• Friday April 18: Islam: A Complete Way of Life, by Dani Doueiri. He will speak about the various aspects of life governed by the Quran. Doueiri is a professor at the California State University, San Bernardino, where he teaches Arabic and Islamic studies. He is an active member of the Muslim American Society.

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