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Muslim Perspectives to be Shared at Regional Symposium

On Saturday, April 11, Duquesne University will host the area's Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies' (CERIS) undergraduate research symposium for the first time.

More than 30 institutions across the tristate region will participate, said Dr. Marinus Iwuchukwu, associate professor of theology and chair of Duquesne's Christian-Muslim Dialogue Committee. The event, which is free and open to the public, will gather and provide break-out sessions on the sixth floor of the Duquesne Union from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

The discussion will focus on five themes:

  • Politics, policies and social change
  • Cultural and artistic representations
  • Emerging economies and innovative technologies
  • Theology, doctrine and practice
  • Muslims' relations with other Abrahamic religions. 

Dr. Luke Peterson, a visiting professor at the University of Pittsburgh, will deliver the keynote, The Perils of Engagement: Studying the Muslim World in the 21st Century, at 11:30 a.m. Peterson's work focuses on contemporary representations of Palestine-Israel in print media in Great Britain and the United States; he has conducted research in the Middle East, including Israel and Palestine.

"The symposium provides an opportunity for Duquesne students and faculty to significantly contribute to the research scholarship at this event," Iwuchukwu said. "The papers presented at the symposium are meant to be students' papers for different courses, which examine and explore political, economic, social, cultural and religious developments affecting Muslims or Muslim societies across the globe as well as the relationship of Muslims to people of other faith traditions."

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