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Islamic Awareness Weekend

Posted March 17, 2014, at 5:08 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2014, at 5:49 p.m.
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Friday, March 21, 2014 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Saturday, March 22, 2014 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: Buchanan Alumni House, Islamic Center of Maine, 160 College Ave., 151 Park St. , Orono, Maine

The Muslim Student Association (MSA) of the University of Maine is happy to present Islamic Awareness Weekend (IAW). This event, in collaboration with the Islamic Center of Maine and the Honors College, seeks to create a dialogue about the role of religion in today’s world: Is being an American Muslim an Oxymoron? Is Sharia Compatible with Democracy? Both students and non-students are invited. This is a two-day event that starts with a complimentary breakfast at the Buchanan Alumni House on March 21st from 8:45-11:00am, and kicks off its second day at the Islamic Center of Maine for the annual Open House March 22, from 5-7pm. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

We are happy to welcome from the Council on American Islamic Relations, Corey Saylor. He is a Muslim advocate that directs the division on Islamophobia. He has over 16 years of legislative advocacy, non-profit political communications, and media relations experience. The MSA, Islamic Center of Maine, and the Honors College are excited to bring an event that promotes critical dialogue, social enrichment, and a simple opportunity to better know your neighbors. Contrary to popular belief, immigrant Muslims are a minority within the Muslim population in America. This suggests that not all Muslims have Muslim or Arab names, and not all Muslims dress alike. Our guest speaker will help bolster that idea and shed some light on his experience with Islam from a professional and personal perspective. We hope to see you all there!

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