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Free dinner-lecture examines Muslim faith

Nov. 7, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Khalil Abu Asmaa will discuss "Why I am still a Muslim," during the 11th semiannual installment of a free dinner-lecture series sponsored by the Muslim Students Association of Western Michigan University.

In addition to the keynote address, the evening includes a multicultural dinner and multiethnic exhibition beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, in the Bernhard Center Ballroom. The event is open to the public free of charge, but reservations are required. The popular event typically attracts capacity attendance, and those wishing to attend are encouraged to make reservations online at www.rso.wmich.edu/msa by Monday, Nov. 10. A waiting list will be maintained for those registering late.

Abu Asmaa was born Christopher Moore and raised in America in a practicing Christian family. While on the path to becoming a professional musician, he went through a deep spiritual and emotional journey that led to his conversion to Islam in the summer of 1994 at age 19. He spent several years in the late 1990s traveling and studying throughout the Muslim world.

He holds a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in religious studies from George Mason University, and in 2007, earned a master's degree in liberal arts from St. John's College in Annapolis, Md. He has also studied Arabic-English translating and interpreting at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.

The Muslim Students Association in collaboration with the Arab Student Association sponsors the dinner-lecture series once each in fall and spring semester. For more information, visit www.rso.wmich.edu/msa or write rso_msa@wmich.edu.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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