Four American Perspectives on Islam: A Conversation
November 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Sponsored by the Carroll College Philosophy Department and Merlin CCC, this evening program will be an informal conversation about different understandings of the Islamic faith and Middle-East Islamic culture. Invited guest speakers/participants include:
Jeanette Fregulia, Professor, History (Carroll College)
Charlotte Neill, Instructor, Islam (Helena College of the University of Montana)
John Witcombe, Pastor (Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Helena)
Sean Conroe, Military deployed in Iraq & Student (Carroll College)
Guest participants will be provided with set questions/topics, not as a debate, but rather as an illuminating conversation. Program Director, Barry Ferst (Professor of Philosophy, Carroll College), will be serving as the moderator and will aide in directing discussion. Sample questions include:
Historically, Muslim “states” have been in conflict with European principalities (Christendom). However, there were times when Muslims, Christians, and Jews interacted peacefully. What can be said about the causes of the conflicts or the times of coexistence? Examples: The Muslim conquest of Spain, the Reconquista, and 1492; The life of Christians and Jews under the Ottoman Empire, and; Palestine, Israel, Palestinian territories.
The scholar Samuel Huntington wrote (in)-famously about the “culture wars.” In what fashion does this concept apply to American culture and Islamic culture? Examples: The effects of 19th century colonialism in Islamic lands; The role of cultural imperialism today.
How do you view the Muslim appreciation of Mohammed, the Quran, and sharia?
How are Americans to understand the Muslim family practices, the division between religion and state, dress and social behavior?
This evening event will be held in Sage Room 235 in the Corette Library at Carroll College. Invited speakers will briefly address the theme and then open the symposium up to general, free-flowing discussion. FREE to the public! Students at the high school and college level and the Helena community are invited!