Islamic Scholar Speaking Here

September 28, 2004
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GRAND RAPIDS — The Islamic view of global trade will be discussed at the West Michigan World Trade Association dinner Wednesday evening at The BOB.

Addressing the association will be Hisham Nashabe, Ph.D., a Fulbright scholar from the American University of Beirut.

Davenport University is sponsoring the professor's appearance.

The university said it received a grant from the American University and the Council for the Exchange of Scholars to invite Nashabe not only to Grand Rapids, but to speak at all its campuses and for other community organizations.

Nashabe said Islam is his general field of interest, with more special emphasis on contemporary Islam.

"In view of the recent developments in the Muslim world, special emphasis will be given to modern history."

He is the dean of education of the Islamic Philanthropic Association and the president of the Institute of Islamic Studies in Beirut. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in political science from American university and an M.A. and doctorate in Islamic Studies from McGill University, in Montreal.

Davenport's president, Randolph Flechsig, said he thinks Nashabe's appearance here is important not only because world events are creating curiosity about the Islamic world, but also because many Davenport students — particularly those at its Dearborn and Warren campuses — have Middle Eastern backgrounds.

"It's important for the university to bring in visiting scholars or speakers who can broaden our views and knowledge," Flechsig said.

“We’ll have a great opportunity to discuss with Dr. Nashabe the cultures and traditions of the Middle East and to get a better understanding of the cultural dynamics of East and West.”    

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