October 25, 2014  

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Muslim Journeys Lecture Series begins Sept. 18

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The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Philosophy and Religion, in partnership with University Libraries, is hosting Muslim Journeys, a lecture series that is part of an initiative sponsored by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

All Muslim Journeys lectures will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the International Building, room 101. The presentations are free and open to the public.

“The Muslim Journeys initiative provides an opportunity to enhance the library print and film collections and online resources with a balanced collection of core titles about important areas of the Muslim cultures,” said Dr. Daniel Capper, an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion.

This three-part lecture series begins on Sept. 18 with Dr. Douglas B. Chambers’ presentation of Muslim Slaves in the American South. Chambers will discuss the historical presence of Muslim slaves, though relatively few in number in the American South, in the 18th and 19th centuries.

On Oct. 23, Dr. Ben Hardman present, Islamic Perspectives regarding Persepolis, a coming-of-age story of a young woman in Iran during the Islamic revolution.

The final lecture in the series is scheduled for Nov. 20 when Dr. Marek Steedman presents Pre-modern Islamic Political Thought. This lecture will examine centuries of influence and connection among Islamic, Jewish and Christian political thinkers.

For more information, contact the Department of Religion and Philosophy at 601.266.4518.