Source: The Vancouver Sun
EDMONTON -- The man who will take on the task of building up the University of Alberta's Islamic studies program hopes to open more interfaith dialogue.
"It's very clear there is a major hunger at the academic level on Islam and the Muslim world," says Ibrahim Abu-Rabi, currently a professor at the Hartford Theological Seminary in Connecticut.
"It is very important, especially after 9/11, to teach academic courses on the Muslim world and to have dialogue between Muslims and Westerners." Abu-Rabi became the university's first Islamic studies research chair, starting July 1, 2008.