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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

"Islam and Terrorism" to be topic of Jan. 17 presentation

Dr. Mustafa Ruzgar, an associate professor at California State University, Northridge, will discuss “Islam and Terrorism” during a presentation 1-4 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Antelope Valley College Board Room, SSV 151, 3041 W. Ave. K, Lancaster.

The presentation, part of the college’s professional development program, is free and open to the public.

Ruzgar, a native of Turkey, will address the issue of violence and terrorism according to Islamic principles. He will address whether or not these principles promote such actions, the groups that perpetrate them or their ideology.

His talk will include a review of the Muslim world’s reaction to terrorist activities.

There is a great deal of misunderstanding as Islam is frequently associated with terrorism, according to program coordinator Dr. Robert Harris.

Ruzgar earned a bachelor’s degree in Islamic Studies at Uludag University in Bursa, Turkey. He completed both his master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy of religion and theology at Claremont Graduate University.

His research has centered on Islamic thought, process theology and religious pluralism. He has published “Islam and Deep Religious Pluralism” in “Deep Religious Pluralism” edited by David Ray Griffin in 2005.

Upon request three days before the event, reasonable accommodation will be provided to facilitate the participation of covered individuals with disabilities. Call (661) 722-6360 (voice/relay).