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Middle East/Islamic Expert to Speak at Creighton

Middle East/Islamic Expert to Speak at Creighton

Brannon Wheeler, founding director of the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, will speak on Monday, Sept. 15, at the Creighton University Mike and Josie Harper Center for Student Life and Learning, 602 N. 20 St.

He will talk about “The Prophet Muhammad and the Indo-European Creation Myth” at a 4 p.m. lecture in Room 3023B. The lecture is free to the public.

Wheeler, who holds a doctoral degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago, has been a visiting scholar at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, the College of Shariah and Islamic Studies at Kuwait University, and the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies at the University of Bergen in Norway. He has written and edited seven books, including Mecca and Eden: Ritual, Relics, and Territory in Islam (2006). He is the editor of a book series and journal of Comparative Islamic Studies.

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.