Islamic Scholar To Lecture May 2

May 1, 2002

A well-respected scholar on Islam will lecture Thursday, May 2, at Miller Chapel in the Tidwell Bible Building on the Baylor University campus. Dr. Nelly van Doorn-Harder, assistant professor of theology at Valparaiso University, will speak on "Christians and Muslims: Giving People Faces" at 3:30 p.m. The lecture, which is sponsored by Baylor's religion department, is free and open to the public.

Originally from the Netherlands, van Doorn-Harder received degrees from the University of Utrecht, University of Amsterdam and Free University of Amsterdam. In addition to teaching at Valparaiso, she has taught and conducted research in Egypt and Indonesia. She is the author of Contemporary Coptic Orthodox Nuns (1995), and Between Desert and City: The Coptic Orthodox Church Today and is working on a book on Moslem women leaders.

"Living in non-Christian countries has convinced me of the importance of cross-cultural experiences," she said. "As the world gets smaller and people in various countries are interconnected by modern technology, our understanding of other cultures and religions has to grow equally."

For more information about the lecture, contact the religion department at 710-3735.

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