Speakers ‘unveil’ Islam in lecture

USF St. Petersburg will host a lecture tonight aimed at making students “wiser, more tolerant and more aware” of Islamic culture and will feature three speakers, USF St. Petersburg special events coordinator J.M. Tschiderer said.

Tschiderer added that the speakers are qualified and anxious to represent the Islamic faith.

“What is so interesting is that these three scholars and educators with different cultures, nations and backgrounds share a religion and can come together to educate others about Islam,” Tschiderer said.

The panel discussion, titled “Islam Unveiled: A Discussion of Religion, Culture, Tolerance, and Coexistence,” will include two Fulbright Scholars in Jamel Jemni, a professor at the University of the South in Sfax, Tunisia and Assem Mohammad Dandashly of Lebanon. Also speaking will be Daanish Mustafa, a professor of geography at USF St. Petersburg.

The discussion is the first of a series to be held at USF St. Petersburg.

“The panel discussion is a prelude to a series of lectures that USF St. Petersburg will be hosting during the spring semester,” Jemni said. “The focus (of the series), as the title suggests, will be on the original image of Islam.”

The lecture, which is sponsored by the Office of International Affairs and the USF St. Petersburg Honors program will be held at the USF/Florida Marine Research Industry Building at 7 p.m., will include a five-minute speech from each of the three panelists. The discussion will end with a question and answer session, moderated by USF St. Petersburg professor Raymond Arsenault.

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