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OCU's Islam Day to spotlight role of women in the religion

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A panel discussion titled "Women in Islam: Issues of Identity and Empowerment" will be held as part of Oklahoma City University's second annual Islam Day, Sept. 2.

The free, public event will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Kerr-McGee Auditorium in the Meinders School of Business, N.W. 27th Street and McKinley Avenue.

The  discussion will featuring Imad Enchassi, Imam of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City; Sheryl Siddiqui, director of outreach at the Tulsa Islamic Center; and Marjan Seirafi-Pour, vice chairwoman of the Governor's Ethnic American Advisory Council.

Political science professor and Middle East expert Mohamed Daadaoui said he chose the topic of women in Islam in hopes of creating a lively dialogue.

"We wanted something more challenging to the panelists, a discussion that would appeal to those of other faiths and that shows the diversity of opinions within the Muslim faith," he said.

Islam Day at OCU falls in the midst of the holy month of Ramadan, which is celebrated this year from Aug. 11 to Sept. 9.

"There are many misconceptions and stereotypical views about Islam," Daadaoui said. "If we can show students and the OCU community what it means to be a Muslim, hopefully it will be a step in the direction of furthering goodwill and understanding."

photo Meinders School of Business. Photo/Shannon Cornman

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