Interfaith Lunch Conversation with Amir Akrami

Where Dining Hall, East Dining Room

Duration 1 hour 10 minutes

Dr. Amir Akrami will share reflections from his experiences with interfaith engagement. Others gathered will be invited to share briefly about their experiences with interfaith engagement. Discussion will follow leading to naming themes, questions and topics to be explored in future lunch meetings.

Dr. Akrami, EMU’s first visiting Muslim scholar in the Center for Interfaith Engagement, arrived mid-September in Harrisonburg and will continue in his role as visiting scholar through summer 2013. He comes to EMU from the Iranian Institute of Philosophy in Tehran, Iran.

Dr. Akrami has been a regular participant in the internationally respected Building Bridges Seminars in London, 2002; Bosnia, 2005; Washington DC, 2006; Singapore, 2007 and Rome 2008 (, and has organized and participated in numerous interfaith conferences and workshops. He has written and published broadly on topics of inter-religious dialogue, religious pluralism, Islamic mysticism, theology and philosophy.

He holds an M.A in Religions and Mysticism from the University of Tehran, and a PhD in Philosophy of Religion from McGill University in Montreal. From 2006-2009 he served as lecturer of Islamic Studies at Al-Mahdi Institute, Birmingham, UK, and has taught courses in Buddhism, Christianity, Philosophy of Religion, and Islamic Mysticism.

EMU’s Visiting Scholar program has been made possible by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Intended Audience General Public

Tags Center-for-Interfaith-Engagement, CAMPUSMINISTRIES, STULIFE

Contact Information

Name Brian Burkholder

Phone # 540.432.4115