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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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ARLINGTON - Islamic influence on popular music, dance, architecture, literature and other arts can be seen in everyday American life. But this rich, diverse culture is among the most misunderstood in the United States, scholars say.

Hussein Rashid

Hussein Rashid (photo courtesy of Ali Ansary)

The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Liberal Arts and School of Architecture will welcome Hussein Rashid, visiting Professor at Virginia Theological Seminary, to the campus next week for a discussion on “Everyday Art: Islamic Contribution to American Arts.”

Rashid will explore the Islamic impact on American popular culture using examples from multiple communities and time periods throughout American history.

The forum will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in the Architecture Building, Room 204, 601 W. Nedderman Dr.

Media interviews are welcomed at 5:30 p.m., immediately preceding the seminar.

“It is important for us to create and share new educational experiences and learning opportunities,” said Robert Hower, chairman of the Department of Art & Art History in the UT Arlington College of Liberal Arts. “This forum will enhance student research and pursuit of new knowledge.”

Rashid works with major political figures and institutions, advising them on the history and culture of Muslims. He has served as an associate editor at Religion Dispatches, and appeared on CBS Evening News, CNN, Russia Today, Channel 4 (UK), and State of Belief-Air America Radio.

On his website, Rashid states: “The more people we have out there talking intelligently, and expressing diversity of opinion, I think the easier all of our jobs become collectively.”

In an effort to bring about a greater understanding, he also serves as an instructor at one of the largest interfaith centers in Manhattan, housed at the Park Avenue Christian Church.

Rashid graduated with a bachelor's degree from Columbia College of Columbia University, and then went to the Harvard Divinity School, where he completed a master degree in Theological Studies. He then received his master and doctoral degrees from Harvard’s Near Eastern Languages and Cultures.

His visit is sponsored in part by the Aga Khan Council for Northern Texas and is free and open to the public.

For more information about UT Arlington’s College of Liberal Arts, visit www.uta.edu/libarts/.

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of 33,800 students in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.

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