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Quillian Scholar to offer insight into Islamic world


    LYNCHBURG, Va. — Aliaa Redah Rafea, the William F. Quillian, Jr. Visiting International Professor at Randolph-Macon Woman's College, will deliver a public address, Some Universal Aspects of Islam, on Thursday, April 4 at 8:00 PM in the Houston Memorial Chapel on the R-MWC campus. Rafea’s lecture will address common misperceptions of Islam, as well as discuss ways to bridge the gap between western civilization and the world of modern Islam. The event is free and open to the public.

"The world is coming together as a result of the technological revolution, yet it is culturally, ideologically and politically disintegrating," says Rafea. "The events of September 11 were a sign of the contradictions, confusions and misunderstandings that lie behind that fragmentation."

Professor Rafea, a renowned scholar of Egyptian and Islamic culture, has made significant contributions over the last two decades to the fields of Egyptian and Islamic spiritual and cultural research. She earned her Ph.D. from Ain Shams University Woman’s College in Cairo, where she is currently a professor of sociology and anthropology. She also holds an M.A. in sociology and anthropology from American University in Cairo.

The William F. Quillian, Jr. Visiting International Professorship is a permanent faculty position, filled annually by visiting international scholars. Its primary purpose is to ensure that R-MWC students benefit from cross-cultural experiences and perspectives that are essential to citizens in a rapidly shrinking world. Aliaa Rafea comes to the campus as the sixth Quillian scholar since the program began in 1995. Her predecessors have included M.V. Krishnayya from India, Slavenka Drakulic from Croatia, Emeka Nwabueze from Nigeria, Haiping Liu from China, and Michael Gilkes from Guyana.

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