Schedule of Events

Thursday, March 10th

8:30-8:45 a.m. ~ Welcome

8:45-9:45 a.m. ~ Islam and Mormonism: Early Encounters and Points of Comparison

“Early Development of Islam and Mormonism: A Look at Founders and Origins”
Bahman Bakhtiari–Middle East Center–University of Utah

“Mormons and Muslims: Nineteenth Century Encounters”
Blair Van Dyke–Orem LDS Institute of Religion

10:00-11:15 a.m. ~ Keynote Address

“Overcoming Injustice: The Prophet Muhammad's Legacy for Modern Muslims”
Omar Kader–Middle East Policy Council

11:30-12:45 p.m. ~ Panel Discussion

Omar Kader, Bahman Bakhtiari, Blair Van Dyke

1:00-2:15 p.m. ~ Interfaith Dialogue between Mormons and Muslims

“Muslim and Mormon Relations in Southern California.”
Steve and Judy Gilliland–Southern California Public Affairs Council–The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

“Practicing Religion in a Pluralistic Society: Mormon and Muslim Relations as a Model.”
Muzammil Siddiqi–Islamic Society of Orange County–California

2:30-3:45 p.m. ~ Representations of Mormons and Muslims

“How are Mormons and Muslims Covered in Today's K-12 Public School History Textbooks?”
Shabbir Mansuri–Council on Islamic Education

“Orientalism in Nineteenth-Century Anti-Mormonism”
Christine Talbot–University of Northern Colorado

4:00-5:15 p.m. ~ Panel Discussion

Muzammil Siddiqi, Steve & Judy Gilliland, Shabbir Mansuri, Christine Talbot

6:30-8:30 p.m. ~ Reception (UVU Student Center, Room 206) for participants and invited guests

Friday, March 11th

8:30-9:00 a.m. ~ Welcome

9:00-9:50 a.m. ~ Interfaith Dialogue as a Religious Principle

“Finding a Home for Pluralism in Islam”
Najeeba Syeed-Miller–Claremont School of Theology

“How We Treat Opponents Reveals Our True Religion”
Charles Randall Paul–Foundation for Religious Diplomacy

10:00-10:50 a.m. ~ Keynote Address

“Mormons, Muslims, and the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’”
Stephen Prothero–Boston University

11:00-11:50 a.m. ~ Panel Discussion

Stephen Prothero, Najeeba Syeed-Miller, Charles Randall Paul

12:00-1:00 p.m. ~ Mormons in the Middle East

“Mormons Building Peace in the Middle East”
Donna Lee Bowen–Brigham Young University, J. Bonner Ritchie–Utah Valley University
Omar Kader–Middle East Policy Council

1:00-1:50 p.m. ~ Islam and Mormonism: Points of Cooperation

“Translation and Bridge-Building: BYU's Middle Eastern Texts Initiative and Its Impact”
Daniel Peterson–Brigham Young University

“Bridge Building between Monotheistic Religions as Depicted in the Quran and Traditions of the Prophets”
Muhammed Shoayb Mehtar–Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake

2:00-2:50 p.m. ~ Muslims in Utah

Ruhul Kuddus–moderator Imam Shoeb–Sandy–Utah Mosque, Imam Shuqairat–Utah Valley Islamic Center,
Ahmad Muhammad Salah–former president–BYU Muslim Student Association, Farid Islam–Utah Valley University

6:00-8:00 p.m. ~ Dinner (La Jolla Restaurant)

for participants and invited guests

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