International Education Week

Featured Speaker

Ossama Bahloul, PhD

Imam of the Murfreesboro Islamic Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Religion and Politics in the United States and Abroad

Monday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m..
Eykamp 251A - Ridgway University Center

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Dr. Ossama Bahloul is a graduate of Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, where he received a B.A. in Islamic Studies He is certified in authentic recitation of the Holy Quran. Bahloul completed his master’s degree with honors; his thesis was on the establishment of the importance of relationships curriculum aimed at secularists, atheists, Christians, Jews, and Muslims. He completed his Ph.D. in comparative religious studies with a published thesis on the critique of Christian issues within Will Durant’s classic masterwork of history for the general reader, The Story of Civilization.

During his time at Al-Azhar University, Bahloul was head of the cultural committee as part of the Student Union. He has traveled to many countries, including Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands, applying his master’s degree theories on Muslims and non-Muslims alike. He was formerly the Imam of the Islamic Society of Southern Texas in Corpus Christi and a visiting imam for the Islamic Center in Irving Texas.

An organizer of town hall meetings, open houses, and community breakfasts with civic and religious leaders, Bahloul has conducted Islam 101 presentations on college campuses and in various churches. Dr. Ossama has vast experience is social climates, including the building of personal, family, and social relationships. He is highly regarded as a public speaker/lecturer in both Arabic and English. He has been the Imam of the Murfreesboro Islamic Center since April 2008*. Dr. Ossama has established numerous community activities and encouraged community involvement of all ages.

*The building and opening of the Murfreesboro Islamic Center received national news coverage, including a Soledad O’Brien CNN Special in “Unwelcome: The Muslim Next Door.”

The Offices of Religious Life and International Programs have joined to invite Dr. Bahloul to visit the UE campus. In addition to his this talk on Religion and Politics, Dr. Bahloul will visit classes and participate in a panel discussion on Tuesday.

Reception immediately following.