Published On: Sun, Apr 7th, 2013

Harvard Host Islam Awareness Month



By Mourad Anouar

Morocco News Tribune

Oklahoma, U.S.A |The Harvard Islamic Society has started its annual awareness month, hosting a number of events and speakers to bring attention to the Muslim students in campus the impact of Islam on American culture.

We want to present this sense that Islamic values are very much a part of American life,” Hassaan Shahawy ’16, Harvard Islamic Society’s (HIS) Director of Islamic Learning, told The Harvard Crimson.

We have events that show that it’s not as dual as we think. It’s not Islam versus the West, Islam versus science.

First event to open the university’s Islamic Awareness Week is a talk by the renowned speaker Lesley Hazleton titled “What Muhammad Stood for,”

According to Harvard Islamic Society website, “Lesley Hazleton, veteran TED speaker and author of The First Muslim, discussed what led Muhammad to his role as a prophet and the radical advocacy of social justice embedded in his message,”

Other events to be held according to the same source are as follows:

The Clash of Reason and Revelation: Reconciling Science and Scripture in Islam” with Dr. Mohamed Abutaleb

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Religion and scripture are always seen as clashing with science and reason, but the Islamic worldview offers us the opportunity to recognize the realm of each and deal with any perceived contradictions in a mature, intellectual framework. Come join Dr. Mohamed Abutaleb in exploring the relationship between Islam and science and how the two are more harmonious than you think.

The Secular Mosque” with Imam Suhaib Webb

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Come hear Imam Suhaib William Webb speak about the dangers of Islamic Fundamentalism and how, in many ways, it contributes to the very same issues it claims to despise – creating a fissure between the masses and the mosque, between the heavens and the earth.

Harvard Islamic Society Spring Dinner featuring Professor Eck

Saturday, April 20, 2013

The grand finale to this year’s Islamic Awareness Month! This year Professor Diana L. Eck, Director of the Pluralism Project, will be giving our keynote address! Come enjoy a classy meal, excellent desserts, and a chance to mingle with the prospective members of the Class of 2017.

Diana L. Eck is a religious scholar, a Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies at Harvard University, as well as a Master of Lowell House and the Director of The Pluralism Project at Harvard.