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Wilson 2011 Orr Forum Explores Legacy of Muhammad

Posted: March 16, 2011

3/16/2011 Dr. Kecia Ali, an author, educator and expert in Islamic studies who has done groundbreaking work in Islam and gender, will deliver three presentations as part of this year’s Orr Forum on Religion at Wilson College: Representing Muhammad: Competing Visions of Islam's Prophet.
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DATE: March 16, 2011
CONTACT: Dr. David True, Associate Professor of Religion
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3396
Email: david.true@wilson.edu


CHAMBERSBURG, PA – Dr. Kecia Ali, an author, educator and expert in Islamic studies who has done groundbreaking work in Islam and gender, will deliver three presentations as part of this year’s Orr Forum on Religion at Wilson College: Representing Muhammad: Competing Visions of Islam's Prophet.

Orr Forum events, which are free and open to the public, will be held Monday and Tuesday, April 11 and 12. All presentations will be held in the Harry R. Brooks Complex for Science, Mathematics and Technology.

On April 11, Ali will begin at 3 p.m. with an introduction entitled “Muhammad through the Centuries.” From there she will move to consider two of the most controversial areas of debate surrounding Muhammad, beginning at 4:30 p.m. with “Muhammad and his Wives: Marriage, Manliness, and Morality.” She will conclude her lectures the following day with “Jesus, Muhammad, and the Buddha - Rethinking Spiritual Leadership,” again at 4:30 pm.

For more information, contact Dr. David True, chair of the Wilson College Department of Philosophy and Religion, at david.true@wilson.edu or 717-264-4141, Ext. 3396.

Ali is an assistant professor of religion at Boston University. She has a doctorate in religion from Duke University, where she was the recipient of the James B. Duke Fellowship in 2002. Her specialization was in Islamic studies. Prior to beginning her studies at Duke, Ali completed her undergraduate education at Stanford University.

She has written several books, including Sexual Ethics and Islam: Feminist Reflections on Qur’an, Hadith, and Jurisprudence and the forthcoming Marriage and Slavery in Early Islam.

The Orr Forum at Wilson College is supported by an endowed fund established by Thomas J. Orr, a friend of the college, in honor of his parents William and Mary Orr. This respected academic event is dedicated to the rigorous study of religion. As such, it provides Wilson College and the entire community an annual forum in which to discuss fascinating, profound – and sometimes provocative – aspects of religion.

To learn more, contact David True at 717-264-4141, Ext. 3396, or david.true@wilson.edu, or visit www.wilson.edu/orrforum.

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Wilson is an independent college with a proud history of educating women since 1869 through rigorous study of the liberal arts and sciences. Today, Wilson’s mission also includes women and men enrolled in adult degree and graduate programs. Guided by its Honor Principle and distinguished by a commitment to transformative student growth, Wilson College prepares all of its graduates for fulfilling lives and professions, ethical leadership and humane stewardship of our communities and our world.

Wilson, which is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 fields, teacher certification for college graduates and a master’s degree in education. This year, Wilson enrolled nearly 800 students from 21 states and 13 foreign countries.

Last Updated: June 30, 2011