CSUB’s Kegley Institute of Ethics hosts discussion on Islam and the ‘War on Terror’

September 22, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu
War on Terror Discussion Photo

California State University, Bakersfield's Kegley Institute of Ethics presents its fourth annual fall lecture, featuring Reza Aslan in a discussion titled "How to Win a Cosmic War: Why We're Losing the War on Terror," on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. in CSUB's Doré Theatre.

Aslan, author of "No god but God," is an internationally recognized expert on Islam and the Middle East. His book was praised by the New York Times as "grippingly narrated and thoughtfully examined; ... [a] literate and accessible introduction to Islam."

Christopher Meyers, KIE executive director, said Aslan is a highly respected young Muslim intellectual who brings a new, passionate, and much-needed perspective to the national discussion regarding Islam.

In his lectures and writings Aslan explores the intricate interplay between faith and politics in the Muslim world, presenting Islam as an ever-evolving faith and culture that is currently in the midst of a cataclysmic internal battle for reform and modernization.

Aslan argues the current conflicts in the Middle East are not the result of a "clash of civilizations" between Islam and the West, but rather the consequence of an "Islamic Reformation" occurring within the Muslim world, an internal struggle to define the future of this faith and to harmonize its traditions and values with contemporary ideals of democracy and human rights.

A book signing will follow the presentation. The lecture, co-sponsored by San Joaquin Community Hospital, is free and open to the public, with free parking after 6 p.m.

For additional information, please call (661) 654-2555 or log on to www.csub.edu/kie.