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Wilson College 2011 Orr Forum on Religion Speaker Announced

Posted: December 10, 2010

12/10/2010 An author, educator and expert in Islamic studies will be the Orr Scholar at the upcoming Orr Forum on Religion, to be held April 11 and 12 at Wilson College.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: Dec. 10, 2010
CONTACT: Dr. David True, Philosophy and Religion Department Chair
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3396
Email: david.true@wilson.edu

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. – An author, educator and expert in Islamic studies will be the Orr Scholar at the upcoming Orr Forum on Religion - "Representing Muhammad: Competing Visions of Islam's Prophet" - to be held April 11 and 12 at Wilson College.

Dr. Kecia Ali, an assistant professor of religion at Boston University, was invited to be the 2011 Orr Forum speaker because of her groundbreaking work in Islam and gender, according to Dr. David True, chair of the Wilson College Department of Philosophy and Religion. He said she will make several presentations during the forum about the life and legacy of Muhammad.

Ali 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.

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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