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Hood hosts conference on Middle East religion, politics

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—An international conference on religion and politics in the Middle East will be held Oct. 29-30 in the Coblentz Hall seminar room at Hood College.

The conference, which takes place from 10 a.m.to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

The two-day event will include presentations by professors from Haigazian University in Beirut, Lebanon; and by Hood College professors, students and alumni. The talks will include such topics as the disappearing diversity in the Middle East, the rise of Christian nationalism in Lebanon, the practice of child marriage in Yemen, the roles and responsibilities of women in Islam, the Arab uprisings, the historical and political perspective of Protestant presence in Lebanon and Middle Eastern peace projects.

For more information, contact Donald Wright, Ph.D., associate professor of French and Arabic, at wright@hood.edu.