Libraries Co-Hosting Spring 2020 “Understanding Islam” Series

Syracuse University Libraries, along with Syracuse University’s Muslim Student Life, Hendricks Chapel, and the Muslim Students Association, are co-hosting a 6-week series of lectures and discussions titled “Understanding Islam.” The series will run on Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., beginning on February 4 and ending on March 10. 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 throughout 2018 and 2019. The spring 2020 schedule is:

  • Tuesday, February 4: Introduction
  • Tuesday, February 11: Tawheed: The Central Concept of Islam
  • Tuesday, February 18: Equality
  • Tuesday, February 25: Justice
  • Tuesday, March 3: Eschatology
  • Tuesday, March 10: Visiting a Syracuse Mosque

To register for one or more of the sessions and to request special accommodations, please RSVP by February 3 to Amir Duric at aduric@syr.edu.

Syracuse University Libraries, along with Syracuse University’s Muslim Student Life, Hendricks Chapel, and the Muslim Students Association, are co-hosting a 6-week series of lectures and discussions titled “Understanding Islam.” The series will run on Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., beginning on February 4 and ending on March 10. 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 throughout 2018 and 2019. The spring 2020 schedule is:

  • Wednesday, February 5: Introduction
  • Wednesday, February 12: Tawheed: The Central Concept of Islam
  • Wednesday, February 19: Equality
  • Wednesday, February 26: Justice
  • Wednesday, March 4: Eschatology
  • Wednesday, March 11: Visiting a Syracuse Mosque

To register for one or more of the sessions and to request special accommodations, please RSVP by February 3 to Amir Duric at aduric@syr.edu.

Testimonials from previous series participants:

“I have attended the Islamic Lecture Series for three semesters now at Syracuse. In the beginning, I was excited by the opportunity to learn more about Islam. However, this is not simply an ‘introductory course, Imam Amir does a fantastic job of arranging an array of topics from semester to semester that brings together Muslims and non-Muslims alike.  An additional aspect of this program is the diversity of both participants and guest speakers. From SU and the surrounding community, each semester brings participants from different walks of life and faith backgrounds that further enhance the experience. For as long as the series continues, I will keep returning.” – Ivy Raines, Syracuse University PhD student, Political Science

“In the fall of 2019, I had the privilege of participating in the Understanding Islam series led by Imam Amir Duric. It was fascinating and enlightening as well as thought-provoking as we learned about different tenets of the Islam religion and had multiple opportunities for discussion and questions within our diverse group of Muslims and non-Muslims. I discovered the multitude of shared beliefs and values Islam has with many other religions and had many of my misconceptions corrected. I would highly recommend this series to anyone interested in learning more about Islam in general and as an exploration of faith on an intellectual and personal level. The Imam is exceptionally knowledgeable and personable; a wonderful teacher who makes this a not to be missed opportunity.” – Theresa Holtsbery Neddo, Syracuse University doctoral candidate and retired Syracuse City School District teacher

“Glad that I took the class. As a non-Muslim, I wanted to learn about Islam, and after taking the 7-week series, I’m glad I did. The Imam is a wonderful person and is very knowledgeable and is eager to share with the class. I highly recommend the series.” – Mark Allen, small business owner and Auburn community member


Libraries Co-Hosting Understanding Islam Series

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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