6th Annual Rev. Robert W. Bullock Memorial Lecture: “Balanced Islam”

Tuesday, November 2, 2010CE

7:30 – 9 p.m. in Cascia Hall


Dr. Ingrid Mattson, Professor and Director of the Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary


“Balanced Islam: Applying the Principles and Priorities of Islamic Ethics to Today’s Challenges”

It is a common misperception that Islam favors scriptural fundamentalism – that because Muslims believe the Qur’an to be the Word of God, a simple resort to the text is all that is needed to find answers to ethical problems. In fact, Islam has a long and distinguished tradition of ethical reasoning that provides a framework for addressing complex moral issues. In this lecture, Dr. Mattson will discuss the major principles and priorities of Islamic ethics and how they can be brought to bear on some of today’s social challenges.

Dr. Ingrid Mattson studied Philosophy at the University of Waterloo, Ontario (B.A. 1987) and Islamic Studies at the University of Chicago (Ph.D. 1999). She has lived in Pakistan and worked with Afghan refugee women, and served as an advisor to the Afghan delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

Dr. Mattson is the author of “The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life” and served from 2006 to 2010 as president of the Islamic Society of North America, the largest Muslim organization in the United States. She is featured in “Breaking Through the Stained Glass Ceiling: Women Religious Leaders in Their Own Words.”

Co-sponsored b:y
Facing History and Ourselves

  • Free and open to the public
  • Prayer space will be available in the Sakowich Campus Center
  • Cascia Hall is wheelchair accessible

For more information on our upcoming programs, please visit our website at www.merrimack.edu/JCM.

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