The Insider doesn’t normally post calendar items — especially for events without general admission. This Tuesday evening event at the Temple in Atlanta is interesting in and of itself.
The Anti-Defamation League and the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta are joining forces to present “Understanding the Quran,” a program that will examine how the Quran guides the daily lives of Muslims. The principal speaker will be Dr. Joseph Lumbard, chair of the Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies program at Brandeis University. Rabbi Joshua Lesser, of Congregation Bet Haverim in Atlanta will offer a Jewish perspective on the teachings of the Quran.
ADL Southeast Regional Director Bill Nigut and Islamic Speakers Bureau founder and Executive Director Soumaya Khalifa came together for this event because they share a common belief that few non-Muslims have more than a superficial understanding of what the Quran teaches.
Dr. Lumbard will discuss what the Quran says about how Muslims are expected to treat non-Muslims, what it says about the role of women in the family and society, and how it instructs Muslims to deal with Shariah law in relation to civil law.
The 200-plus attendees now registered to attend the event largely come from Atlanta’s Muslim and Jewish communities. They will be offered an opportunity to interact with the speakers and each other during the evening.
Nigut said he and others have been working on this for about three months. Yes, he said, his audience wants to hear about what the Quran says about violence against infidels, and the treatment of women. “But we want to look at this in the larger context,” Nigut said.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider