UNI to host lecture series on Islam and Iowa Politics

Posted on Monday, October 26th, 2015

Martha Reineke, professor of religion, 319-273-6221,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 316-273-2176,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Philosophy and World Religions will offer a series of three lectures on "Islam and Iowa Politics." The lectures will focus on perceptions about Islam that have received broad media attention as presidential candidates campaign in Iowa.

John Burnight, assistant professor of religion, will present "Abraham, Moses and Jesus: The Heritage of the Bible in the Qur'an" at 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, in McCollum Science Hall, Room 137. This presentation will examine a number of the Quar'anic passages discussing these and other biblical figures, highlighting the important role that each plays in Islam.

Cara Burnidge, assistant professor of religion, will present "Islam in Iowa: An American Story" at 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6, in Sabin Hall, Room 2. This presentation will show that Iowa, in particular, provided many opportunities for Muslim immigrants, which is why it is home to the oldest mosque in the United States, the Mother Mosque of America in Cedar Rapids.

William Clohesy, professor of philosophy, will present "We the People: Trust in Public Discourse" at 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, in Sabin, Room 2. He will explore the Constitution's secular promise of respect for both politics and religion, if citizens choose to accept it.

All lectures are free and open to the public. For more information about the lecture series, contact Martha Reineke, professor or religion, at 319-273-6221 or