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ISIS: Its Roots, Its Influence, and How It’s Viewed by the Muslim World


Four distinguished members of Hartford Seminary’s faculty will discuss the ISIS phenomenon on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Seminary’s Meeting Room. The panel, moderated by Dr. Reza Mansoor, President of the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford, will discuss the roots of ISIS and what it stands for. They will also talk about the religious aspects of Islam and ISIS, the context from which ISIS emerged, and how the majority of Muslims feel about its extreme views.

The panelists:

Prof. Mahmoud Ayoub, Faculty Associate in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. Prof. Ayoub’s authority in both the scholarship and comparative study of Islam and Muslim-Christian relations, as well as inter-religious dialogue, is demonstrated by the national and international recognition he has received. Since 1999, Dr. Ayoub has participated in the United States’ Department of State’s program, serving as one of its ambassadors to various parts of the Middle East and S.E. Asia, commenting on American society and institutions, inter-religious dialogue and Islam in America.

Prof. Timu Yuskaev, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Islam, Co-Editor of The Muslim World journal, and Co-Director of the Islamic Chaplaincy program at Hartford Seminary.  His upcoming book, Speaking Qur’an: the Emergence of an American Sacred Text, examines contemporary written and oral interpretations of the Qur’an.

Prof. Feryal Salem, Assistant Professor of Islamic Scriptures and Law, Co-Director of the Islamic Chaplaincy program, and Director of the Imam and Muslim Community Leadership Program. Her research specializes on early Islamic thought with an emphasis on the foundations of Islamic scripture, hadith methodology, and hermeneutics in classical Islamic texts.

Prof. Najib Awad, Associate Professor of Christian Theology, is a native of Syria. He grew up in the country’s majority-Muslim, yet also multi-religious and multi-ethnic context. He has been involved recently in international efforts to find solutions to the ongoing conflict in Syria.

Moderating will be Dr. Reza Mansoor, a Hartford Seminary trustee and President of the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford.

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Registration is strongly encouraged.

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