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Expert on Contemporary Islam to Speak at Creighton

Expert on Contemporary Islam to Speak at Creighton

Ambassador Akbar S. Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington DC, will speak at 6:00 p.m., Monday, Sep. 22, 2008, in the Creighton University Harper Center Hixson-Lied auditorium. The title of his lecture is "Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization." The lecture is free to the public.

Ambassador Ahmed was the High Commissioner of Pakistan to Great Britain and according to the BBC, is “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam”.

The lecture is sponsored through the Fr. Henry W. Casper, S.J., Professorship in History. The professorship is named in honor of the late Rev. Casper, a long-time member of Creighton’s history department and an expert on 19th century European history and on American church history. His most important work was a three-volume history on the Catholic Church in Nebraska.

The Casper professorship is funded by an endowment from Dr. and Mrs. Wayne L. Ryan of Omaha.