Tag Archives: Islam

Muslim? There’s an app for that: APYA’s Bayat explains offerings available in app stores that cater to Islamic audience

There seems to be a smartphone app for everything these days — social media, weather forecasts and even an app that shows the exact direction of Mecca. And that’s just one of the many apps that are made specifically for Muslims.

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Turkish official Kalin explores Middle East-U.S. relations

In a week dedicated to exploring whether or not Turkey is a model for the Middle East, Ibrahim Kalin will explain why he believes the country’s political and economic systems are ideal for continued prosperity in the region and for cultivating improved relations with other countries such as the United States.

Kalin is the chief adviser to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the head of Turkey’s Justice and Development Party. The party, better known as the AKP, currently controls parliament and is the country’s largest political party. At today’s 10:45 a.m. morning lecture in the Amphitheater, Kalin will be speaking about how Erdoğan and the AKP are working to improve relations between the Middle East and the West.

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Sacred Song to illustrate oases of Abrahamic faiths

The Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are the focus of this Sunday’s 8 p.m. Sacred Song Service in the Amphitheater. The four coordinators of the Abrahamic Program for Young Adults will weave together their faith traditions to tell the story of Abraham.

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From the CLSC Vault: Visions of the Middle East in the early 20th century

After reading this week’s Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection — The Stick Soldiers by Hugh Martin — the question arose as to when the Middle East first arrived under the eyes of Chautauqua readers. The first real attention paid to the Middle East was in the 1922–23 selection The New World of Islam by Lothrop Stoddard. The book was not a cultural study but rather a geopolitically framed exploration of a people lumped together by the majority religion: Islam.

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Roxana Pop | Staff PhotographerDalia Mogahed, author of the book Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think, delivers the morning lecture Wednesday in the Amphitheater.

Mogahed shines light on Arab world

Three days after the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001, Dalia Mogahed and her husband were contemplating whether or not to go to Friday evening services. Unsure of what, or who, would be waiting for them, they entered the mosque.

But instead of finding an angry mob or anti-Muslim protestors, the mosque was packed full of non-Islamic Americans who were there to support the Muslim place of worship.

Mogahed, the former executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies and current CEO of Mogahed Consulting, delivered Wednesday’s morning lecture at 10:45 a.m. in the Amphitheater. In keeping with the week’s theme, she discussed how the Arab Spring can inspire the next generation to empower themselves.

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Mogahed analyzes divide between US, Muslim world

Dalia Mogahed was pressed for time. Speaking to the Daily on a satellite phone from Cairo, she hadn’t seen her husband in a couple of weeks. He was just landing at the airport and would be with her soon. So time was limited.

That’s life these days for Mogahed, who will present her provocative views on U.S. engagement with the Islamic world at 10:45 a.m. today in the Amphitheater. Her appearance will highlight what certainly appears to be one of the most critical challenges facing “The Next Greatest Generation,” and she will join this week’s other speakers in a Friday morning Amphitheater panel to review the week and look ahead.

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For Hoti, religion allows understanding of ‘other’

Passion for interfaith education runs through Amineh Hoti’s blood. Her grandfather believed a perspective beyond Islam was important from a young age, forcing his grandchildren to participate in a Convent of Jesus and Mary in Pakistan.

Hoti’s father grew up in India before the partition in 1947, where he lived among Hindus, Christians and Muslims coexisting in peace. He has since focused his life on understanding other systems of belief.

Decades later, Hoti follows the same passion. She is the co-founder and director of the Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations at the University of Cambridge, which was the first of its kind.

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Representatives of Abrahamic traditions respond to ‘Journey’

At Wednesday’s Interfaith Lecture, three scholars, each representing Judaism, Christianity or Islam, responded to the film “Journey of the Universe.” The film was co-produced by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, both of whom lectured on the film earlier this week. Its goal was to integrate cutting-edge science with the wisdom traditions of the world to inspire a renewed relationship with the earth.

Rabbi Lawrence Troster presented the Jewish response to the film; Heather Eaton, the Christian response; and Safei-Eldin Hamed, the Muslim response.

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