Monday, November 10, 2008

Dispelling Myths about Islam and Muslims

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Does the mere sight or sound of words like Ramadan, jihad, Muslim or terrorism cause you anxiety? If so, you could be suffering from "Islamophobia."

In an effort to develop tolerance and respect for each other's culture, religion and heritage, Central Piedmont Community College invites you to a special presentation and discussion on dispelling age-old myths, misconceptions and stereotypes about Islam and Muslims.

Following an introduction on the importance of religious understanding by Dr. Chris Brawley, CPCC students Abrar Alkusaimi and Shaista Balqees will discuss common stereotypes and share personal experiences associated with being Muslim in the U.S.

The presentation and discussion will be held on Tuesday, November 11, 2008, from 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. in in the Hall Professional Development Building, 1112 Charlottetowne Avenue, Room 304.

A coordinating exhibit featuring Islamic clothing, cultural artifacts, information and books about Islam will be on display in the Central Campus library until the end of the semester.

This program is being sponsored in collaboration with the CPCC Libraries. For more information, contact Retha Hall at 704-330-6113. Free admission.

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