What's all this holler about Islam?
Let Munir Shaikh tell you this afternoon.
The Orange Coast College teacher and administrator/part-time instructor at the Claremont School of Theology looks at Islam from historical and academic points of view during the free class "Islam Explained" from 4-5:30 p.m. in the OCC Science Hall.
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Shaikh, who has a master's in Islamic Studies from UCLA, promises to cover the faith's historical founding, the first Muslim immigrants to the U.S. over a century ago (not counting the Muslims slaves forcibly brought here) and the religion’s current state worldwide.
“Our objective is to cultivate in OCC students an engagement with the global community, and to allow them to engage with others in their own academic community,” explains Marcella Norling, an OCC religious studies instructor. “We hope this talk will help students formulate a rational and respectful response to recent tragic and disturbing local events.”
Shaikh will not occupy the stage alone. Siaddiqa Sepehrnia, who attends OCC, will offer a Muslim student perspective. Coast philosophy instructor Michael Holland closes things out with a structured question-and-answer session where questions can be presented anonymously, if desired.
The talk is co-sponsored by OCC’s Religious Studies Department and International and Multicultural Committee. Those who drive to the event are encouraged to park in the Adams Lot at Fairview Road and Adams Avenue, Costa Mesa.