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November 2005

10. November 2005
18:30 - 20:30
Islam and the West: Challenges and Opportunities
Public lecture
  • Datum10. November 2005, 18:30 - 20:30 Uhr
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      Born and raised in Damascus, Syria, he attended Damascus University and graduated with a degree in Islamic Studies and Arabic Language in 1987 and a degree in Islamic Law in 1988. In 1999, he was awarded a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Theology from Trinity College and University.

      Dr. Arafat served as Imam in Damascus from 1981 to 1989 and was subsequently invited to the United States to lecture in various Islamic Centers.

      He served as Imam of the Islamic Society of Baltimore, Maryland Inc. from 1989 to 1993, founded An-Nur Institute for Islamic Studies and Arabic Language in Baltimore in 1993, co-founded An-Nur Mosque in Carney, Maryland and was the Imam from 1995 to 1997. Currently he is President of the Islamic Affairs Council of Maryland.

      Dr. Arafat has taught courses on Islamic Studies at the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary & University, the University of Maryland in Baltimore County (UMBC), Johns Hopkins University, Goucher College, as well as Comparative Religions at Potomac College in Washington, DC. This year, he is teaching courses at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

      He served as Campus Imam at Johns Hopkins University from 1993 to October 2003, Adjunct Chaplain at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 2000 to October 2003, and Muslim Chaplain for Baltimore City Police Department from 1998 to present.

      Since moving to Baltimore in 1989, Dr. Arafat has been heavily involved in interfaith work, both nationally and internationally, promoting better understanding between Muslims and other Faith Traditions. In January 2002, he was invited by the Cardinal Suenens Center at John
      Carroll University, Ohio to be one of two Muslim participants in “The Second International Conference for Rectors of the Roman Catholic Major Seminaries” held in Rome, Italy.

      Among the recent conferences, he was invited in November 2004 by the Higher Education
      Commission of Pakistan to participate in the “Islamabad International Consultation of Muslim Scholars on State and Society in the Modern World.” In December of 2004, he was invited by UNESCO to participate in the international conference “Euro-Arab Dialogue: The Image of Arab-Islamic Culture in European History Textbooks,” co-sponsored by the Arab League.

      Dr. Arafat is founder and president of Civilizations Exchange and Cooperation Foundation (CECF), which is dedicated to bringing people together in an environment where dialog and exchange can effectively support the creation of a better world that encourages peace, love, and understanding.

      Currently CECF provides religious and cultural training, consultation, and orientation services for the international exchange students and staff of the State Department sponsored Youth Exchange Study Program, “YES Program” in the USA.

      In January 2005, Dr. Arafat began conducting programs on inter-religious dialog, integration, and “Islam in America” through the International Speakers Program of the State Department. To date, he has visited Chad, Spain, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Philippines and Indonesia.
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    Lecture by

    Dr. Mohamed Bashar Arafat
    Islamic Affairs Council of Maryland

    Words of Welcome: Peter Schroeder
    Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy, Vienna

    Introduction: Mag. Gabriele Eschig
    Secretary General of the Austrian Commission for UNESCO


    Please join us for a reception immediately following the discussion.

    Admission is free, registration is mandatory by email: or Tel.: 31339-2073 or fax: 31339-2057

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    The Embassy of the United States of America
    in cooperation with
    and the Austrian Commission for UNESCO