When: Sunday, October 28, 2007, 2:30 pm
Where: Atrium of The Ohio Statehouse, Columbus, OH
Columbus, Ohio - The Interfaith Association of Central Ohio will hold a public forum on the "Many Voices of Islam" at the Atrium of The Ohio Statehouse on Sunday, October 28, 2007, 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm.
The public forum will help Central Ohioans better understand and appreciate the oneness, complexity, and diversity within Islam in contemporary American society by addressing:
- the growth of Islam in America and around the world
- the different Islamic voices and perspectives
- how each voice of Islam reflects a distinctively "American" perspective
- how Muslim leaders can approach fears that exist about Islam.
-Dr. Zulfiqar A. Shah, Executive Committee member of Fiqh Council of North America (recognized as the highest Islamic authority in North America that can issue religious fatwas- decrees)
-Imam Mostafa Al-Qazwini, Director of Islamic Education Center of Orange County, California
-Dr. Anisa Abd el Fattah, Founder and Chairwoman of National Association of Muslim American Women
-Dr. Robert Dickson Crane, Adviser to former U.S. President Richard Nixon.
The program is free and open to the public. It is organized by the Education Committee of the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio and is co-sponsored by the Ohio Humanities Council (a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities), Ohio Council of Churches,Council on American Islamic Relations - Ohio, Islamic Foundation of Central Ohio, Islamic Society of Greater Columbus, and the Columbus Council on World Affairs.
The Interfaith Association of Central Ohio, incorporated in 1986, is governed by representatives of Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jain, Jewish, and Sikh faith traditions in Central Ohio. The association works towards creating an inter-religious community, based on understanding, friendship and trust, in which social justice, peace, and human dignity are valued.
INTERFAITH ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL OHIO (IACO)
57 Jefferson Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215