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Islam expert to speak at Orr Forum on Religion

December 27, 2010

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. —  An author, educator and expert in Islamic studies will be the Orr Scholar at the upcoming Orr Forum on Religion 'Representing Muhammad: Competing Visions of Islam's Prophet' to be held April 11 and 12 at Wilson College.

Dr. Kecia Ali, an assistant professor of religion at Boston University, was invited to be the 2011 Orr Forum speaker because of her work in Islam and gender, according to Dr. David True, chair of the Wilson College Department of Philosophy and Religion. He said she will make several presentations during the forum about the life and legacy of Muhammad.

Ali has a doctorate in religion from Duke University, where she was the recipient of the James B. Duke Fellowship in 2002. Her specialization was in Islamic studies. She completed her undergraduate education at Stanford University.

The Orr Forum at Wilson College is supported by an endowed fund established by Thomas J. Orr in honor of his parents William and Mary Orr. The event is dedicated to the rigorous study of religion.

To learn more, call True at 717-264-4141, ext. 3396, or e-mail him at david.true@wilson.com.

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