Immaculata University Welcomes Fulbright Visiting Scholar: Dr. Mishal F. al-Sulami

Immaculata University has been selected, along with two other Philadelphia-area colleges, to host Mishal F. al-Sulami, Ph.D., a Fulbright Visiting Specialist from Saudi Arabia. Dr. al-Sulami arrives at Immaculata University on Saturday, February 10 and departs Saturday, February 17.
A full week of scheduled events, both on and off-campus, will allow Dr. Al-Sulami to gain a deeper understanding of the American people and the U.S. society and values, which he will impart to students, colleagues, families, and friends in his home country. Another aspect of the Fulbright Visiting Specialist Program is to bring a scholar from countries with significant Muslim populations to U.S. institutions for intensive short-term campus and community-based programs of teaching, lecturing, and public outreach on Islamic civilization and culture, and the history, politics, economics, and society of today´s Muslim world.
Highlights of his week-long visit to Immaculata (agenda attached) will include several presentations on the topic of "Is the United States Ready to Accept the Outcome of Democracy in the Arab World?" including lectures for students at both Immaculata University and Bishop Shanahan High School. This same presentation will be available for the public to attend at Immaculata on Thursday, February 15, at 7:15 p.m. Representatives from Immaculata will accompany Dr. al-Sulami on a dialog and book signing event for his book "The West and Islam: Western Liberal Democracy Versus the System of Shura" held at the Barnes and Noble in Exton, PA.
Dr. al-Sulami will also spend time with Immaculata University students in the History and Politics of the Middle East class, International Relations class, as well as students taking foreign language courses in Arabic. In addition, he will discuss "The Changing Role of Women in the Muslim World" to students in the Philosophy course, Women Thinkers.
During his week at Immaculata, he will visit the Office for Ecumenical & Interreligious Affairs at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Museum at the University of Pennsylvania Middle East Center, and will attend worship at the Villanova Mosque.
Currently, Dr. al-Sulami serves as assistant professor of Comparative Thought for the Islamic Arts and Humanities at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He has devoted much of his time in various capacities for the Islamic Studies Department at King Abdulaziz University and is currently the chair of the Human Rights Academic Committee among other positions.
As part of his three-week visit to the United States, both Chestnut Hill and Neumann colleges will host Dr. al-Sulami before he concludes his U.S. visit at Immaculata University. For more information on Dr. al-Sulami or events open to the public, please contact the Public Relations Office at 610-647-4400, ext. 3143.
Immaculata University, a Catholic, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersections of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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