UT religious studies scholar to discuss ISIS and Islam Nov. 17

November 16, 2015 | Events, UToday, — Languages, Literature and Social Sciences
By Christine Billau



A religious studies associate professor at The University of Toledo will address the question “Is ISIS Islamic?” at a previously scheduled talk made more noteworthy after the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

Dr. Ovamir Anjum, the Imam Khattab Chair of Islamic Studies, will give the talk Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 9:30 a.m. in the UT Center for Religious Understanding in University Hall Room 4700.

Anjum

Anjum

“ISIS is not Islamic. ISIS is Saddam Hussein reaching out of his grave for revenge,” he said. “Modern scholars across the globe, both Sunni and Shia, have condemned ISIS as modern-day Kharijites — a heretical group known for its violence.”

The free, public talk is part of a fall series called “Windows on Contemporary Islamic Issues.”

After the attacks on Paris, Anjum said it is crucial not to play into the hands of terrorists.

“This is a political fight,” Anjum said. “ISIS coordinated the attacks because it doesn’t want refugees to find refuge in the West.”

UT’s Center for Religious Understanding promotes a deeper understanding of religion on campus and in greater Toledo, the nation and the world.

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