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Release: April 11, 2002

UI To Hire Islamic Studies Professor In 2004

The department of religious studies in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will begin the process of hiring a full-time professor of Islamic studies this summer. David Klemm, chair of religious studies, said he hopes to announce the new appointment by March 2004, giving the UI its first full time tenure-track professor of Islamic studies.

"It is encouraging and gratifying that the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has responded to the need to teach our students about Islamic religion and civilization," Klemm said. "Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world and in the United States. We must not be ignorant of this important and rich set of traditions."

In the interim, the department has appointed Ahmed Souaiaia as a one-year visiting assistant professor to teach Islamic studies courses during the 2003-04 academic year. Currently a lecturer in Islamic studies at the University of Washington in Seattle, Souaiaia is an expert in Islamic law and human rights. He teaches courses in Islam, Islamic history and Arabic language.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu. Program: David Klemm, religious studies, 319-335-2166, david-klemm@uiowa.edu