Wednesday, July 25th
Between Asr (6:30pm) and Maghrib at the IC
Islamic law, often referred to by the Arabic word "fiqh," is a popular subject in the media and the corridors of power, but what does it have to do with living as a religious minority within a secular and pluralistic democracy? This two part talk and discussion will explore the unchanging spiritual and intellectual core of fiqh, and explore its continuing relevance for all Muslims regardless of time, place, or culture.
David Coolidge is the “Associate University Chaplain for the Muslim Community” at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Previously, he was the “Muslim Advisor” at Dartmouth College, and an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at St. Francis College. He is a 2001 graduate of Brown, and received an MA in Religion from Princeton University in 2008. In addition to his academic studies, he has also had the honor of studying Islam with various traditional scholars in a variety of settings. He was born in Chicago, IL, and converted to Islam in 1998.