Egypt has known struggle in the last few years. Since the Egyptian Revolution was born on Jan. 25, 2011, the country with the largest Arab population has had four presidents, seen unprecedented violence, and continues to experience corruption, repression and poverty. Twenty-five percent of the population lives under the poverty line, and 40 percent is illiterate.
Moving to a new country was a big deal to Imam Malik Mujahid. That’s why he read six different countries’ constitutions before making the decision to move from his home in Pakistan to America.
Although 43 percent of Americans show up at places of worship each weekend, “somehow faith and religion have a PR problem.”
The Rev. Robert Franklin remembers the exact instant his life veered into spiritual territory.
The mysteries of communal religious practices pose questions of privacy and the roles of communities — topics Abdullahi An-Na’im will explore in a lecture this afternoon.
Much of Roger Rosenblatt and Elizabeth Strout’s Wednesday morning lecture conversation in the Amphitheater centered around being true to a setting when writing fiction.
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.
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.
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.
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.