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Imam Amir Duric, Muslim Chaplain at Syracuse University, “Understanding Islam” facilitator

Syracuse University Libraries, along with Syracuse University’s Muslim Student Life, Hendricks Chapel, and the Muslim Students Association, are co-hosting a 7-week series of lectures and discussions titled “Understanding Islam.” The series will run on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., beginning on October 2 and ending on November 13. They will be held in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (Room 114) of Bird Library.

The program is facilitated by Imam Amir Duric, Muslim Chaplain at Syracuse University and is free and open to the public. Similar programs were held and well-attended in the fall and spring 2018 semesters and spring 2019. The fall 2019 schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, October 2: Introduction to the basic terms and concepts
  • Wednesday, October 9: Contemplation and submission
  • Wednesday, October 16: Perfecting moral character
  • Wednesday, October 23: Demystifying Jihad
  • Wednesday, October 30: An insight into the gender Jihad
  • Wednesday, November 6: Muhammad, mercy to the worlds
  • Wednesday, November 13: Visiting a Syracuse mosque

To register for one or more of the sessions and to request special accommodations, please RSVP by October 1 to Amir Duric at aduric@syr.edu.

Testimonials from previous series participants:

“I was born Muslim, but I still benefited greatly from the “Understanding Islam” series because it both reinforced Islamic ideas and also opened my mind to information I had not known previously. The environment was very welcoming, individuals of all backgrounds came together to learn about Islam from wonderful Muslim representatives from the community. Now more than ever, with the widespread Anti-Muslim rhetoric, it’s important that the true values and teachings of Islam overshadow the preconceived stereotypes that media portrays. This series offers insight to the true teachings of Islam. I highly recommend this series!” – Shewa Shwani, Fall 2018 Participant

“I was drawn to the series out of a desire to better understand a religion with which I had previously had little contact, and which I considered to be often misunderstood. In following the series, I learned about Islam not only through the weekly meetings with Mr. Duric, but through experience in listening to prayers, reading excerpts from the Qur’an, and visiting a local mosque. I highly recommend this series to anyone interested in deepening their knowledge of Islam in a welcoming and friendly environment.” – Katelyn Rochelle Bajorek, Spring 2018 Participant