College to Present Dialogue Series on Muslim Journeys

Program Starts Sept. 24 and Runs through February

September 19, 2013

The world of Islam is a mystery to many Americans and Westerners.

Wilmington College hopes to unravel some of that mystery by holding a series of Tuesday evening dialogue sessions exploring Muslims’ faith, history and culture beginning Sept. 24, from 7 to 9 p.m., in the McCoy Room of Kelly Center.

The series will run through Feb. 25.

Marlaina Leppert-Wahl, assistant professor of political science, described the “Pathways of Faith” series as seeking to “build community bridges through sharing and understanding, modeling civil discourse and deepening personal faith through reflection.”

The series is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association.

The initial event will feature a panel discussion on the topic of “Commonalities: The Children of Abraham (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam).”

The panelists include Rabbi Margaret Meyer from Cincinnati, Pastor Julie Rudd of Wilmington Friends Meeting and Shakila Ahmad, outreach director of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati.

During each session, scholars will lead discussion from “assigned” readings.

Future meetings, readings and locations include: The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson, Oct. 22, Jones Meetinghouse in Boyd Cultural Arts Center; The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter, Nov. 5, McCoy Room; the film Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World, Nov. 12, Jones Meetinghouse.

Also, Rumi: Poet and Mystic (selected poems), Nov. 19, McCoy Room; Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan A. C. Brown – January 28, 2014, McCoy Room; the film Qur’an by Heart, Feb. 11, Jones Meetinghouse; and The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam by F. E. Peters, Feb. 25, McCoy Room.

Participation is free and open to the public.

Limited numbers of books will be available for loan to participants, so timely registration is required. Interested persons can register with Jean Mulhern at WC’s Watson Library at (937) 382-6661 ext. 346 or via email to

Dialogue Series of Muslim Journeys - Part I

Time: 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM
Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Location: McCoy Room, Kelly Center

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