Religious scholar Karen Armstrong helps others understand Islam, challenges perceptions

Presentation part of 2005-2006 ethics, religion, society lecture series | April 18, 2006

Karen Armstrong, author and religious expert, spoke at the University on Tuesday, April 25, at 7:00 p.m. in the Schiff Family Conference Center. The title of Armstrong’s lecture was “Understanding Islam,” which was part of the 2005-2006 ethics/religion and society lecture series.

Armstrong has written numerous books on the three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Her book, Islam: A Short History, takes a look at the Islamic faith and challenges the narrow views people have regarding the religion. She has been honored by the Islamic Center of Southern California for promoting understanding and tolerance among different faiths.

The theme for this year’s lecture series is “175 Years of Xavier in Cincinnati: Responding Ethically to the Changing Face of the Community.” Speakers address leadership issues on this topic and the program format leads to an informal reception after the presentation. The purpose of the series is to encourage ethical and/or religious analysis of socially significant issues. The event is co-sponsored by the Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue and celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Islamic Center.