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The Use of Music in Christianity and Islam Wraps up Duquesne Religion and Society Lecture Series

The Use of Music in Christianity and Islam, the final installment in this fall's Religion and Society Lecture Series at Duquesne University, will take a closer look at how music is used in worship in both the Christian and Islamic faiths.

The presentation, which will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 18, in Room 719 of Fisher Hall, will include presentations by the Rev. Stephen Concordia, O.S.B., director of programs in sacred music at Saint Vincent College, and Dr. Sadik Kara, professor of biomedical engineering from Fatih University in Istanbul, Turkey. Concordia will discuss Music in Christian Life: The Expressive Power of the Word and Kara will speak about The Use of Music in Islam.

"The Consortium for Christian-Muslim Dialogue (CCMD), through the lecture series, has been educating our audience about striking similarities and overlapping affinities between Christianity and Islam," said Dr. Marinus Iwuchukwu, associate professor of theology and chair of Duquesne's CCMD. "In the upcoming lectures, we would like our audience to be enlightened on the place of music in the two faith traditions. What has become of music today in both the Western and Islamic worlds can be traced to the strong influence of Christianity and Islam, respectively."

The Religion and Society Lecture Series is hosted by the theology department and presented by the CCMD, in collaboration with the Turkish Cultural Center of Pittsburgh. The series seeks to advance healthy relations by promoting open dialogue among groups as a way to build trust and mutual understanding. Spring semester lectures will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, with Syrian Christian Immigrants & Refugees.

The Use of Music in Christianity and Islam is free to attend and open to the public. For information, contact Dr. Emad Mirmotahari at 412.396.6420 or visit the CCMD's website, www.duq.edu/ccmd.

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