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Islamic scholar to speak at UMD

Dr. Ingrid Mattson, author of “The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life,” is the guest speaker for the third event of the five-part reading and discussion series, “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys.”

“The Story of the Qur’an” begins with an accessible account of its origins, placing Muhammad, the Muslim holy book, and the first adherents to Islam in historical context.

Mattson uses translated passages from the Qur’an, as well as scholarly sources and stories from the time of Muhammad, to give readers a sense of its language, imagery, and rhythm.

Mattson explains how the Qur’an has been transmitted both as recitation and scripture, “the voice and the pen,” from Islam’s formative days to the present, and describes the Qur’an’s role in Muslim culture and daily life.

Mattson earned her doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago in 1999, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, in 1987. She currently teaches at Huron University College at Western University in London, Ontario.

Before coming to Huron, she founded the Islamic Chaplaincy program and was director of the Macdonald Center for Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut.

An internationally recognized Islamic scholar, Mattson is also the author of numerous articles exploring Islamic ethics in contemporary Muslim communities. From 2006-2010, she served as president of the Islamic Society of North America, after serving two terms as vice president.

To sign up for the discussion series, go to http://z.umn.edu/muslimjourneys or call (218) 726-8539.

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