Skip to main content
News

Greenville groups are raising awareness about Islam, Muslims

Furman President Elizabeth Davis speaks with professor Akan Malici at the “Meet Your Muslim Neighbor” event, part of Furman’s Islam Awareness Week.

Angela Davis of The Greenville News spoke to Furman’s Akan Malici and Muhammad Shafqut (Class of 2019) during Islam Awareness Week, a collaboration of Furman’s Middle East and Islamic Studies Minor and the Muslim Student Association. Shafqut, an accounting and economics double major, says the observance is “a necessity, for educational purposes, to tell [people] that, yes, we are completely like any other human being, we are open to talking, open to discussion, and to clear up the misconceptions about the religion and the people.”

Politics and International Affairs professor Malici says, “At this very moment, we have family and friends who are running away either from ISIS or from brutal dictators in the region. What this shows is that the likes of Osama bin Laden or Abu Bakr al-Baghadidi, the leader of ISIS, are not enemies of America or the west. They are enemies of humanity, of all of us.”

Furman’s Islam Awareness Week continues through Oct. 12.

Last updated .

More in Campus & Community

Women and the investing gap

Alum Melissa Cullens '04 and her co-workers at Ellevest make the cover of Money magazine.

It’s just different

Assistant sports information director Julie Paré talks about balancing life at work and at home.

Guest pianist Jonathan Biss in concert March 1

Celebrated pianist performs 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in Daniel Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

A quiet journey

Professor Cherie Maiden talks about teaching French, her love for African writers and how she came to be at Furman.