October 12, 2009
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740) 464-4854
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Web site: www.shawnee.edu
Guest lecturer to discuss
the struggle over the meaning of Islam at Shawnee State
Dr. Al-Azm, the Harry C. Bayne distinguished visiting
professor of liberal arts in the Department of Philosophy
and Religion at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. will
be on campus at Shawnee State University from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
on Tuesday, Oct. 13 in the new Sodexo East Ballroom,
Al-Azm is emeritus professor of modern European philosophy
at the University of Damascus in Syria. His specialty is the
Islamic world and its relationship to the west. Al-Azm has
taught in Beirut, Harvard, Princeton, and the University of
He is author of “Self-criticism After the Defeat” (1968)
when he gave an analysis of the Arab disillusionment after
the Six Day War.
Many of his books are banned in the Arab world and he was
jailed by the Lebanese government after publishing his book
“Critique of Religious Thought” (1970).
Al-Azm has won numerous awards for his work including the
Erasmus Prize with Fatema Mernissi and Abdulkarim Souroush
in 2004 and the Dr. Leopold-Lucas-Preis of the
Evangelical-Theological Faculty of the University of
The event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored
by the Office of the Provost and the Center for
International Programs and Activities.