The Storm Lake community has a unique opportunity to gain an understanding of today's Muslim world through various community events throughout the month of September presented by Dr. Ahmad Ghabin, an Israeli Muslim Arab. He is part of the Fulbright Visiting Specialists Progam: Direct Access to the Muslim World, which seeks to build Americans' understanding of Islamic civilization, and the history, politics and culture of the contemporary world.
On Monday, Sept. 8, Dr. Ghabin will present Islam and the Modern World for the ACES (Academic and Cultural Events Series) event from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Estelle Siebens Science Center Room 126 at Buena Vista University.
He will present 9/11 - Seven Years Later on Thursday, Sept. 11 at South School auditorium for the Storm Lake Community School District. Dr. Ahmad Ghabin will discuss the shared beliefs between Judaism and Islam. He will share his thoughts on the ways in which Islam is represented and misrepresented - post 9/11.
On Sunday, Sept. 14, Islam and the Modern World will be his topic at the Storm Lake Ministerial Association Forum which will take place at the United Methodist Church at 4:00 p.m. Dr. Ghabin will examine some of the common beliefs between Judaism and Islam, such as the story of Abraham as the father of faith. The goal of this exploration is to bring about understanding between Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
Dr. Ghabin will present to the Community Education Emeritus Class on Monday, Sept. 15 at the United Methodist Church from 3:30-5:00 p.m. He will explore the mission of his home college, al-Qasemi College in Baqa El Garbia, Israel. The college is dedicated to cross-cultural understanding, inter-faith dialogue, and acceptance of diversity.
On Sept. 23 Dr. Ahmad Ghabin will discuss the struggles faced by Palestinians in Israel at the ACES event at the Estelle Siebens Center Room 126 on the campus of BVU from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
The Fulbright Visiting Specialists Program: Direct Access to the Muslim World enables colleges such as BVU to host specialists from countries with significant Muslim populations for short-term programs of intensive lecturing, outreach to the local communities, curriculum consultation and faculty development. The purpose is to develop inter-religious dialogue through activities on an off campus.
Dr. Peter Steinfeld, professor of religion, has coordinated the program at Buena Vista University.
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