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 (photo courtesy of Ali Ansary)
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.”
will explore the Islamic impact on American popular culture using examples from
multiple communities and time periods throughout American history.
forum will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in the Architecture Building,
Room 204, 601 W. Nedderman Dr.
interviews are welcomed at 5:30 p.m., immediately preceding the seminar.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
more information about UT Arlington’s College of Liberal Arts, visit www.uta.edu/libarts/.
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