The University of North Georgia (UNG) and Mountain Top Lectures will co-host a lecture series beginning on Aug. 27 at the Hoag Auditorium on UNG's Dahlonega Campus where Dr. Imam Imad Enchassi will speak on the impact of modern culture on the practice of Islam.
Mountain Top Lectures is an organization that has presented lectures on theology, spirituality and science to the north Georgia community since 2010. In that time they have hosted some of the most prominent authors, academics and theologians to address these issues.
"Many of us have attended theological lectures and felt there would be an interest in offering lectures in this region of the state to learn more about the origin and evolution of our religious heritage," said Bill Saling, chairman of Mountain Top Lectures.
This year, in collaboration with UNG, a wide range of issues of religion and spirituality will be shared, including three lectures: one in the spring, one in the summer, and one in the fall.
"We will explore what Jews, Christians and Muslims have in common through lectures by Enchassi," said Michael Proulx, associate professor in the department of history, anthropology and philosophy at UNG.
Enchassi currently serves as chairman of Islamic Studies at Oklahoma City University and is on the board of advisors for Oklahoma City University's Wimberly School of Religion. He is an adjunct professor at both Saint Paul School of Theology and Phillips Theological Center.
In the first lecture of the series, the discussion topic will clarify the top 10 misconceptions about Islam. The second lecture will focus on the impact of culture on the practice of Islam, and the final lecture will focus on the Muslim perspective on Jesus and Moses.
"This topic could not be timelier. This lecture series will hopefully provide an insight into one of the world's fastest growing religions and answer questions about Islam's compatibility with western values," Saling said.
The event is free for the first 100 UNG students, staff and faculty, and $55 per person for the general public, including lunch.
For more information about the event and to register, visit www.mountaintoplectures.org.