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Free dinner features discussion of Islam in America

March 2, 2011

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KALAMAZOO--"Sharia: Islamic Law and America" is the topic of a free talk and dinner at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 18, in the Bernhard Center Ballroom on the campus of Western Michigan University.

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Sharia: Islamic Law and America

Photo of Dr. Sherman Abd al-Hakim Jackson.Sponsored by the WMU Muslim Students Association and the Arab Students Association, the event will feature a lecture by Dr. Sherman Abd al-Hakim Jackson, the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Near Eastern Studies, visiting professor of law and professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Michigan. He will speak following a dinner featuring Middle Eastern cuisine. Online registration is required at msa-wmu.org.

Jackson received a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 and has taught at the University of Texas, Indiana University and Wayne State University. He will begin teaching at the University of Southern California this year. From 1987 to 1989, he served as executive director of the Center of Arabic Study Abroad in Cairo.

In addition to numerous articles on Islamic law, theology and history, he is author of "Islamic Law and the State: The Constitutional Jurisprudence of Shihab al-Din al-Qarafi," "On the Boundaries of Theological Tolerance in Islam: Abu Hamid al-Ghazali's Faysal al-Tafriqa" and, most recently, "Islam and the Blackamerican: Looking Towards the Third Resurrection."

For more information, contact the WMU Muslim Students Association at rso_msa@wmich.edu.

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Media contact: Deanne Puca, (269) 387-8400, deanne.puca@wmich.edu

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