Scholar Katrin Jomaa to Give al-Ghazali Lecture

March 9, 2015 | by the Office of Communications and Public Affairs

Katrin Jomaa teaches political science and philosophy at the University of Rhode Island.

Her interdisciplinary research encompasses classical and modern political philosophy, as well as Islamic thought. She is particularly interested in the relationship between politics and religion in the Middle East.

On Monday, March 16, Jomaa will present The Qur’anic Vision for a Global Society, this year’s al-Ghazali Lecture at Elmhurst College.

Jomaa completed her Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Studies at Indiana University. Her research interests include Islamic thought, political philosophy and Qur’anic exegesis. In addition to her interests in the humanities, Jomaa has a passion for science and technology. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the American University in Cairo and a master’s degree in applied materials science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her scientific background has informed her study of religion and politics as she employs structural analysis to the understanding of religious texts and political events.

Jomaa’s talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 16, in the Founders Lounge of the Frick Center.  Admission is $10 for the general public and free for Elmhurst College students, faculty, staff and alumni. Tickets are available online.

For more information, call (630) 617-3390. The annual al-Ghazali Lecture is part of the religious lecture series at Elmhurst College. The College’s Muslim lecture is named after al-Ghazali (1058-1111 C.E.), a Muslim theologian whose emphasis on personal religious experience changed the course of Islam and continues to challenge devotees and scholars of religion to this day.

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