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August 29, 2002

SMU TO HOST "THE WORLDS OF ISLAM" SEPT. 12, OCT. 5, NOV. 7

All "Worlds of Islam" events presented by the SMU William P. Clements Jr. Department of History and Clements Center for Southwest Studies. For more information contact www.smu.edu/swcenter:

Thursday, Sept. 12

  • Conflict and Coexistence: Muslims and Christians in Medieval Spain: Mark D. Meyerson, associate professor of Medieval history at the University of Toronto, will explore the complex history of Muslim-Christian relations in Medieval Spain, emphasizing the factors that brought about the pluralistic societies and those that led to the final breakdown of coexistence between the cultures. 5:30 p.m. reception. 6 p.m. lecture; third floor Rotunda, Dallas Hall, room 306, 3225 University Ave. Free. Call 214-768-3684 or e-mail swcenter@mail.smu.edu. Presented as part of the Stanton Sharp Lecture in History.

Saturday, Oct. 5

  • Islam in North Texas: Presenters representing ordinary people will discuss the scope of the their experience as Muslim Americans. Topics range from the daily religious practices to the perspectives of Muslim-American women, second-and-third generation Muslim Americans, converts and African-American Muslims. In addition, one panel will focus on the work of Muslim charitable organizations. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater, 3140 Dyer Street. Free, space is limited. Please call for reservations. To attend the conference luncheon, please register by Sept. 30. Cost is $20. Call 214-768-3684 or e-mail swcenter@mail.smu.edu. Presented as part of the Scott Hawkins Lecture.

Thursday, Nov. 7

  • Four Years in the Middle East: The Trail of History: David W. Lesch, professor of Middle Eastern history at Trinity University, will focus on the Middle East during the years of 1967, 1979, 1991 and 2001, and will examine the challenges facing those who seek peace in the region. 5:30 p.m. reception. 6 p.m. lecture; location to be determined. Free. Call 214-768-3684 or e-mail swcenter@mail.smu.edu. Presented as part of the Stanton Sharp Lecture in History.

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