Join us for Islam 101: Perceptions, Misconceptions, and Context for the 21st Century, a discussion sponsored by Humanities Washington.
What does it mean to be Muslim in a modern world? What if much of what we believe about Islam is incomplete or simply wrong? For more than 1.3 billion people across the world and many people in Washington state, Islam is not only their religion but also a way of life. Led by scholar David Fenner, this presentation focuses on Islam and the many aspects that form the substance of a rich culture, traditions, and a way of life. Fenner provides an accurate view of Islam, and creates an open atmosphere and encourages free dialogue to promote greater understanding of Islam, its history and its place in the modern world. The discussion is open and inclusive, and will address topics like, who was Mohammed, and what is the Qur’an, and even delves into the use and history of head scarves. Bring your curiosity; any relevant topic is up for discussion.
David Fenner’s interest in Islam dates back to his experience as a young man when he first traveled to the region to live in the Sultanate of Oman on the Arabian Peninsula for six years. He retired from the University of Washington in 2007 as the Assistant Vice Provost for International Education, following a successful career that included establishing exchange programs with universities in Egypt, Morocco, Uzbekistan, Turkey and Pakistan. Fenner and his wife returned to the Arabian Peninsula to found an educational center for Arab and Western students that is designed to explore faith, language, natural resources, and diplomacy.
Fenner currently lives in Seattle.