University of Evansville

International Education Week

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

Featured Speaker

Ossama Bahloul, PhD

Imam of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro 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


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 in context with 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 Bahloul has vast experience in 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 Islamic Center of Murfreesboro since April 2008*. Dr. Ossama Bahloul has established numerous community activities and encouraged community involvement of all ages.

*The building and opening of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, and the controversy that surrounded it, 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 Featured Speaker presentation, Dr. Bahloul will visit classes and participate in a panel discussion on Tuesday.

Reception immediately following.