CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY KENYON
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Release: March 20, 2001
Israeli scholar of Modern Islam to visit the UI March
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Emmanuel Sivan, a scholar of contemporary
Islam, will visit the University of Iowa as an Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting
Professor March 26-28.
Sivan, who has focused his scholarly energies on tracing
the historical and intellectual roots of religious radicalism in the Middle
East, will give a free public lecture during his visit. His presentation,
"Democracy and Islam," takes place Monday, March 26, from 4-5:30 in room S401
Pappajohn Business Building. He will also meet with undergraduates in classes
and speak to faculty and graduate students in the UI School of Journalism
and Mass Communication. On Tuesday,
March 27, he will take part in a brown bag lunch with UI students at the Hillel
Sivan is a professor of history at Hebrew University
in Israel. In his work on religious radicalism, he has begun to look beyond
Islam to explore the phenomenon of fundamentalism in other major religions.
In addition, Sivan is actively involved in civic affairs
in the Middle East. He served for many years as an op-ed writer for the Israeli
daily newspaper Haaretz and for the London-based Arab daily Al-Hayat. From
1993-1996, Sivan was an advisor to Prime Minister Rabin for negotiations with
the PLO on civilian affairs.
Sivan's visit is co-sponsored by five College of Liberal
Arts departments -- history, political science, religion, sociology and the
School of Journalism and Mass Communications -- and by UI International Programs.
Sivan's activities at the UI are supported by the
Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program, which brings
outstanding scholars to the UI campus for residencies ranging from a few days
to an entire academic year. A native of Vinton, Iowa, Beam willed her farm
to the UI in 1977. Proceeds from the sale of the farm were used to establish
the visiting professorships program in her name. Since 1977, hundreds of eminent
scholars and scientists have visited the UI campus to give public lectures
and to meet with students and faculty.