AddThis ShareCONTACT: EllenChangPHONE: (713) 348-6777EMAIL: [email protected] PROFESSORSTO SPEAK ON PERSPECTIVES ON THE UNITED STATES AND ISLAM In response to thenegative reaction and misunderstanding of Islam that resulted from the terroristattacks to the United States, a group of Rice University professors will presenta panel discussion on the meanings of jihad and holy war.“Holy War? Perceptionsof Jihad in Islam” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 3 in the McMurtryAuditorium of Anne and Charles Duncan Hall at Rice. The discussion will addressthe basic tenets of Islam and the tendency to use the term “holy war”interchangeably with “jihad,” although the two are not necessarily equivalent.David Cook, assistantprofessor in religious studies; Mahmoud El-Gamal, professor of Islamiceconomics, finance and management; Ussama Makdisi, assistant history ofprofessor; and Allen Matusow, the William Gaines Twyman Professor of Historywill speak about various issues pertaining to the terms jihad and holy war.Paula Sanders, associate professor of history, will moderate the discussion.“The tragedies of Sept.11 brought to the forefront, both in the media and in everyday conversation, theidea of Islamic extremism and the often related concept of jihad,” said AmmarAhmed, an officer in the Rice University Muslim Students Association.“Among the manystereotypes and misconceptions of Islam in this country, perhaps no subject isas misconstrued as is jihad,” he said. “The problems begin at the verydefinition of the word: the Arabic term jihad does not mean holy war, but ratherstruggle.” The panel discussion isorganized by two Rice student organizations: ADVANCE (Advocating Diversity andthe Need for Cultural Exchange), a group which tackles controversial issues andpromotes diversity at Rice, and the Rice Muslim Students Association.To attend, take Entrance16 off Rice Boulevard or Entrance 1 off of Sunset Boulevard. Parking isavailable in the Founder’s court visitors lot. Rice University is consistently ranked one of America’sbest teaching and research universities. It is distinguished by its: size-2,700undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students; selectivity-10 applicants for eachplace in the freshman class; resources-an undergraduate student-to-faculty ratioof 5-to-1, and the fourth largest endowment per student among private Americanuniversities; residential college system, which builds communities that are bothclose-knit and diverse; and collaborative culture, which crosses disciplines,integrates teaching and research, and intermingles undergraduate and graduatework. Rice’s wooded campus is located in the nation’s fourth largest city and onAmerica’s South Coast.