"Ground Zero Imam" To Speak



He's founder of the American Society for Muslim Advancement. He's chairman of the Cordoba Initiative, a multinational, multifaith organization inspired by the Spanish city that once saw the peaceful coexistence of Muslims, Christians, and Jews. But he's also known as the "Ground Zero Imam," the distinguished turned controversial cleric behind New York City's "Ground Zero Mosque" — which was never meant as a mosque and isn't at Ground Zero.

He is Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, and he'll be at Rhodes College as guest of the college's "Communities in Conversation" series on Monday, February 25th. The time is 7 p.m.; the McCallum Ballroom of the Bryan Campus Life Center is the location; and the event, which is free and open to the public, will include a booksigning.

The title of Imam Rauf's lecture is taken from the subtitle of his latest book, Moving the Mountain: A New Vision of Islam in America, which calls for a deeper understanding of Islam, one that dispels misconceptions and finds common ground for Islam and the West and particularly the United States.

For more information on Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf's appearance, go to rhodes.edu or to Facebook.com/Communities.in.Conversation. Questions? Holder of the Spence L. Wilson chair in humanities at Rhodes, Jonathan Judaken, can answer them at judakenj@rhodes.edu.

"We are excited to host the most important Muslim voice for Islamic interfaith relations at Rhodes College," Judaken said by email. "Imam Rauf's visit offers a unique possibility for Memphians to hear from the source about the commonalities among Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and other faith traditions and the shared aspects of Islamic and American law. With the amount of misinformation and hostile defamation of Muslims and Islam in our culture, this event is sure to offer surprising revelations. For those with little or no background in Islam, Imam Rauf's book provides a perfect primer, as will his talk."

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