Friday, November 04, 2016

Islamic Scholar to Speak on Extremism: Causes and Cures

The Dialogue Institute of the Southwest in Albuquerque invites you to Extremism: Causes and Cures, a presentation by Jihad Turk, founding president of  Bayan Claremont, an Islamic graduate school in Southern California. The event will be held at the Turkish Raindrop House, Saturday, November 5, 7901 Mountain Rd. NE Suite:A Albuquerque, 7:00 p.m. Admission is free but registration is requested. Register here  Refreshments will be served. 

Prior to founding Bayan, Mr. Turk served for many years as the Religious Director of the Islamic Center of Southern California, the oldest and largest mosque in the Los Angeles area.

Having been born to a Palestinian Muslim father and an American Christian mother, Jihad spent his college years traveling the Muslim world and exploring his roots in the Islamic tradition. He spent time in both the Islamic University of Medina where he studied Arabic and Islamic Studies and in Iran where he studied Farsi at the University of Tehran and in Qum. He completed his undergraduate study at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his bachelor's degree in History and Arabic. Jihad went on to complete his Master's degree at the University of Texas, Austin, in Arabic and Islamic law and jurisprudence.

His field of research focuses on Islamic Law with an emphasis on usul al-fiqh, or jurisprudence, as well as theology. His current interests also include identity formation in the American Muslim community, interfaith relations, Islamic reform movements, and community leadership and development with a focus on youth.

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