Students will hear a first-hand account from a female Afghan refugee, learn about the dramatic expansion of Islam around the world, and visit a mosque during Ramadan next week as part of “Islam: No Boundaries,” a week-long event sponsored by the Global Union.
“We have held many programs focusing on Islam throughout the years, but this is the first time we have had a series of programs on the topic conducted during a week-long event,” says William Hunter, director of the office of international students and scholars.
As part of the week, a female Afghan refugee will discuss her experiences living under the Taliban, Rob Rozehnal, assistant professor of religion studies, will lecture on “Islam as a Global Religion,” and students will experience Iftar—the traditional Muslim breaking of the daily fast, visit the Lehigh Valley Mosque, and dine on Middle Eastern cuisine.
Hunter says that in concert with all Global Union events, he hopes “Islam: No Boundaries” will raise awareness and understanding of an unfamiliar topic to many Lehigh students.
“Many Americans associate Islam with the Middle East, and while that is the center point, Islam is widely practiced around the world, with large numbers of Muslims in Indonesia and Malaysia, and a growing population in the U.S.,” he says.
To find out more about the events included in “Islam: No Boundaries,” click here