advertisement

Speaker to share how Islam sees other religions

Thursday, February 5, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 11:34 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

How Islam views other religions will be the focus of a lecture Friday by the head of Washington University’s religious studies department.

“Apart from its intrinsic interest, it’s important to question how different religions view each other,” said Ahmet Karamustafa, whose lecture is part of MU’s annual Paine Lectureships in Religion series.

“Overall, the goal of the series is to bring outstanding scholars to campus to lecture,” said Steve Friesen, chairman of MU’s department of religious studies.

Friesen said the need to supply information to the public about Islam is great. “Public knowledge of Islam in America is fairly narrow and needs to be broadened,” he said.

MU’s religious studies department does not have any specialists in Islam but tries to supplement the curriculum by bringing in speakers like Karamustafa.

“He’s a very good communicator and an excellent scholar,” Friesen said.

Originally from Turkey, Karamustafa completed his higher education in the United States and Canada. He has served on the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis for 16 years.

Karamustafa said he hopes that his lecture will contribute to the public knowledge in discussing how Muslims relate to non-Muslims.

“There’s a lot of questioning and concern in the American public today about Muslims and how they approach, in particular, Christians and Jews,” he said. “As an educator, it is incumbent on me to come in and clarify the view.

“I will be very open to all kinds of questions,” Karamustafa added. “I hope we can have a question-and-answer session.”


Like what you see here? Become a member.


Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Comments

Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.

advertisements