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Understanding Islam Conference

Dominican University of California presents “Understanding Islam,” an all-day conference that will focus on a variety of issues in Islam. Among the topics due to be discussed are women and civil rights in Islam, the message of Islam, Islamic architecture, and Islamic mysticism.


The event, which is part of Dominican’s Building Bridges Conference Series and is co-sponsored with the International Association of Sufism, will be held Saturday, March 11 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Dominican’s San Rafael campus. The event is open to the public. The registration fee is $30. For more information, call 415-382-7834. Guest speakers include:

  • Maha elGenaidi, the founder and president of Islamic Networks Group
  • Suleiman Ghali, the founder and president of the Islamic Society of San Francisco
  • Seyed Ali Kianfar, the co-director and co-founder of the International Association of Sufism
  • Ebrahim Nana, a member of the board of the Islamic Center and Masjid of Mill Valley and a volunteer with the Muslim Chapel at San Quentin State Prison
  • Mitchell Schwarzer, professor of art and architectural history and chair of the Department of
  • Visual Studies at California College of the Arts
  • Professor Saleh Arthur Kane Scott, who teaches sociology, anthropology, history, and religion at Dominican University of California.

A Taneen Sufi music ensemble will end the conference with Sufi music and chanting.
Partial funding for the event is provided by the Marin Community Foundation.


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