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Okla. Conference to Examine Islamic Perspective on Terror

(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 3/25/08) – On Saturday, April 5th, the Institute of Interfaith Dialog will host a day-long conference, “Denouncing Violence in the Name of God: The Case of Islam.” Participants at the event will have an opportunity to hear Islamic scholars, academics, law enforcement officials, and journalists discuss the “Islamic perspectives on terror, especially terror which is associated with Islam.”
WHAT: Institute of Interfaith Dialog’s “Denouncing Violence in the Name of God: The Case of Islam”
WHEN: Saturday April 5, 2008, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Oklahoma City University, The Henry Freede Center (Southwest corner of 27th and Florida)
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Cherif Bassiouni – Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law and President Emeritus of the International Human Rights Law Institute
ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS: Robert Pape – University of Chicago; Muhammad Abu Laylah – Al-Azhar University, Egypt; Fred Von Der Mehden – Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University; Greg Barton – Monash University, Australia; Dr. Robin Myers – Oklahoma City University; Ekrem Dumanli – Editor of Zaman newspaper, Turkey; John Coyle – Special Agent of FBI, Oklahoma; Andrew Tevington – Daily Oklahoman; and Dr. Imad Enchassi – Imam of Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City (ISGOC)
CONTACT: Orhan Kucukosman, Phone: (405) 426 5425, E-Mail:
The conference is free of charge and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.
Orhan Kucukosman, from the Institute of Interfaith Dialog, stated the reason for holding the conference in Oklahoma: “In the early days of Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995, there were speculations on individuals associated with a religion who might be responsible for the bombing.
As the truth was revealed, the bombing had no connection with any religion, but was a consequence of mentally challenged personality.”
Sponsors include: Wimberly School of Religion at Oklahoma City University, OU Religious Studies, Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism Texas, Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City and Mainstream Baptists, and the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK).
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