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The mission of the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies is to advance a sound and nuanced understanding of Muslim societies and the Islamic faith, its role in world history, and its current patterns of globalization.

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Three new Religious Studies courses on Islam offered in Fall 2014

Taught by Dr. Maria Dakake, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, and Dr. Abdulaziz Sachedina, IIIT Chair in Islamic Studies, the three newest courses on Islam at Mason explore the life of Muhammad as well as modern issues including democracy and human rights. Registration for these elective courses is open until September 2.

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Lecture Series concludes with talk by Simonetta Calderini

On April 29, the Ali Vural Ak Center hosted Simonetta Calderini from Roehampton University in London for a lecture titled, "Citing the Past to Address the Present: Authorities and Unexpected Interlocutors on Female Leadership of Salat", the final talk of this semester's Lecture Series on Women and Gender in Islam.

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Dina Khoury presents research on "Martyrdom in Iraq"

As part of the Spring Lecture Series on Women and Gender in Islam, the Ali Vural Ak Center hosted historian Dina Rizk Khoury from George Washington University on April 8 for a guest lecture discussing the effects of war on Iraqi society over the past three decades, emphasizing the contentious issue of "martyrdom" and the debates surrounding it.

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