CarriageTowneNews.com, Kingston, NH

April 3, 2014

Understanding Islam


Carriage Towne News

---- — KINGSTON - This portion of the year-long Bridging Cultures project, funded by the New Hampshire Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, will be held at the Kingston Community Library on Wed., April 9, at 7:00 p.m. The presenter is Harvard Professor Ali S. Asani, the Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard, and Chair of the Near Eastern Language and Civilizations Department (NELC). He will highlight religions as more than just the words of their sacred texts; as living and breathing dynamic creations that evolve from cultural and social norms, the complex context in which they exist, and the many different people who practice them.

Professor Asani has been particularly active post-9/11 in improving the understanding of Islam and its role in Muslim societies by conducting workshops for high school and college educators as well as making presentations at various public forums. Internationally, he has been involved in the Islamic Cultural Studies Initiative, an international professional development program for high school teachers in Kenya, Pakistan and Texas intended to promote a culturally and historically based approach to the study of Islam and Muslim societies.

For further information, please contact the Kingston Community Library at 642-3521.