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Islamic art and culture forum set for April 21 at SMU

Perkins School of Theology event to explore the Islamic impact on American popular culture

Hussein Rashid
Hussein Rashid

April 19, 2011

Dallas (SMU) — Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University will host a forum on Islamic art and culture at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, featuring Hussein Rashid, visiting Professor at Virginia Theological Seminary.

“Everyday Art: Islamic Contribution to American Arts” is a richly illustrated talk by Dr. Rashid, exploring the Islamic impact on American popular culture using examples from multiple communities and time periods throughout American history. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Great Hall of Perkins School of Theology on the SMU campus.

Dr. Rashid is a passionate instructor at one of the largest interfaith centers in Manhattan, housed at the Park Avenue Christian Church. He also is an associate editor at Religion Dispatches, and has appeared on CBS Evening News, CNN, Russia Today, Channel 4 (UK), and State of Belief—Air America Radio. In addition to his presentation at Perkins School of Theology, Dr. Rashid will speak at 6 p.m. Thursday at The University of Texas at Arlington.

This event is sponsored by the Aga Khan Council for Northern Texas. Additional details about the seminar are available on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/event.php?eid=212572418753471.

For more information about Dr. Rashid, contact Fatima Hasan Ali, Public Relations, Aga Khan Council for Northern Texas, fatima.hasanali@gmail.com, 972-489-3713.

For more information about Perkins School of Theology, contact Dr. Robert A. Hunt, director of Global Theological Education at Perkins, 214-768-1374, roberth@smu.edu. For a map of the SMU campus, including information about guest parking, visit smu.edu/maps.


Perkins School of Theology, founded in 1911 at Southern Methodist University, is one of five official University-related schools of theology of The United Methodist Church. Degree programs include the Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Music, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Church Ministries, and Doctor of Ministry, as well as the Ph.D., in cooperation with The Graduate Program in Religious Studies at SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.

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