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Daromir Rudnyckyj Presents Research on Islamic Banking in Malaysia

The Ali Vural Ak Center hosted Daromir Rudnyckyj (University of Victoria) as part of the Spring 2015 Lecture Series for a lecture on the ethical debates surrounding Islamic banking in Malaysia, which in many ways parallel similar questions regarding the issue of halal food and the "Islamicity" of arguments in favor of either practice.

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Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen Discusses "Islam on TV in the Arab World"

As part of the AVACGIS Spring 2015 Lecture Series, Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen (University of Copenhagen) presented a general overview of religious television programming in the Middle East, detailing the trends that have prevailed in drama serials and Islamic talk shows since the emergence of regional satellite channels in the 1990s.

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MEIS Students Launch New Campus Organization and Website

Masters students in the Middle East and Islamic Studies program have organized the first club of its kind at Mason, the GMU Middle East Studies Students Association, and have now launched its website featuring the students' original articles and book reviews as well as faculty news and MESSA event announcements.

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Center's Spring 2015 Lecture Series Now Underway

The Ali Vural Ak Center's Spring 2015 Lecture Series features a distinguished lineup of scholars who will be presenting their research on a wide range of topics, including religious television programs in the Middle East, Islamic finance in Malaysia, the growth of Shi'ism in Senegal, and domestic violence.

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Mason Introduces Adult-Learning Course on Abrahamic Traditions

Professor Maria Dakake, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Interim Co-Director of the Center for Global Islamic Studies, will team up with Professor Randi Rashkover, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Judaic Studies, to offer a 4-part course on the intersections between Islam, Judaism, and Christianity in April 2015.

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Prof. Mandaville to Advise State Dept. on Religion and Global Affairs

Professor Peter Mandaville has been appointed as a senior advisor to the special representative for religion and global affairs at the U.S. Department of State. “I’m looking forward to representing the university during this period of government service and sharing my experiences with students when I get back,” Mandaville says.

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