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FDU’s Library to Host Panel on the Ways Islam is Lived



MADISON, NJ - Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham Library and the writing program has invited four panelists for a discussion titled, “Unveiled and Unimaginable? Uncovering & Discovering the Ways Islam is Lived.” The discussion will take place on Thursday, May 2 at 4 p.m. in the Orangérie of the College at Florham’s Monninger Center. This event is free and open to the public.

The discussion will examine how Islam is lived and imagined in America and the world. The moderator of the panel discussion is Kenneth Sammond, FDU senior lecturer and associate director of the honors program. Panelists include: Fakhruddin Ahmed, Reza Aslan, Sana Mohayya and Titi Kazeem.

Ahmed is a chemist, teacher, commentator and a member of the Islamic Society of Central Jersey. He is the first Rhodes Scholar from Bangladesh, and earned his doctorate from Oxford University. 

Aslan is a writer, scholar and commentator on issues relating to Islam. He is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. Aslan has published multiple books. His first book is the international bestseller, “No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam,” which has been translated into 13 languages.

Mohayya is a junior at FDU studying biochemistry. She is a member of the FDU honors program and the Islamic Center of Morris County. Mohayya aspires to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry after graduation.

Kazeem is a pharmacist, scientist, and a member of the Jam-e-Masjid Islamic Center in Boonton, NJ.  A native of Nigeria, she received her Pharm. D. from Rutgers University. 

This event will also include a display of relevant books and materials received by the FDU College at Florham Library as part of the Muslim Journeys grant.

This program was developed in partial fulfillment of “Muslim Journeys,” a project grant from the American Library Association, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities, and awarded to the College at Florham Library. This grant provided the library with 25 written texts, 4 documentaries, and University-wide access to the Oxford Islamic Studies Online database.

For information about this event or the upcoming series, please email Dr. Sammond, or call the FDU Library at (973) 443-8516. FDU is located at 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, N.J.

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