MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A University of Minnesota conference on Islam will take a fresh look at the humanities and sciences in Islamic civilization and explore the connections between the Islamic and western worlds.

The federally funded conference starts Friday and ends Saturday. It’s presented by the university’s Religious Studies program.

Professor Nabil Matar is one of the conference organizers. He says another purpose of the conference is to combat the perception of the Islamic world as backward and dangerous.

The conference is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and conference sessions are free and open to the public. Sessions will be at various buildings on the Twin Cities campus.

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Comments (15)
  1. mark from mntaxwaste.com says:

    The connection? There is no connection, Sharia Law if your gay you get stoned to death, if your female cover your face, disagree with your husband lose an ear or honor killing.

    1. albert says:

      Sharia law is not core to mainstream Islam, just like fundamentalism is not core to Xtianity.

      1. Khan says:

        Not mainstream? Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Afganastan, Pakistan and quite a few other have strict or moderate versions in place now. Not mainstream? Next you’ll want me to believe that gas prices are low right now.

  2. Karen says:

    Good use of taxes?

    1. albert says:

      Afraid of a little discussion?

      1. lib says:

        who needs a discussion? Just pay attention to the news. they are backward and dangerous. if they live in our nation it is their responsibility to assimilate to OUR culture. I don’t give a damn about theirs, if I did I would live in one of their backward and dangerous countries.

  3. Bob says:

    Keep believing the Liberal Media Albert.. Or should Ijust call you Scarecrow since you don’t have a brain.

  4. Bob says:

    Lets see Mohammed stated that if one doesn’t convert then their head should be removed by a sword. Thats quite the option join us or die. Of course he contradicted himself over 140 times which doesn’t make much sense if he was a prophet from allah, one would suspect that a god would not make that many mistakes. Oh wait allah is a false god aka satan!

  5. Bob says:

    Of course I am all for stoning the gays so they do have some good ideas.

    1. Tom says:

      I with you on that

  6. Tom says:

    send them s.o.b.s back where they came before they kill all of us .

  7. Tom says:

    waste of tax payers money

  8. mark from mntaxwaste.com says:

    Remember Saturday is National Draw a Picture of Mohammed Day

  9. Allah says:

    Islam = tic tic tic BOOM….conference over thank you for coming…

  10. MN Tom says:

    Ban Islam in this country. Quit feeding and giving jobs and health care for free to the illegals. Deport them all. Make AMERICA great again.

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