Dialogue Institute of the Southwest would like to extend an invitation for you to join online "fast-breaking" dinners in the holy month of Ramadan.

Special guest speakers will be with us from different cities such as Kansas City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Oklahoma City and Cleveland!

Each event will include muslim families which will be sharing their experience about Ramadan.

These events are a great opportunity to discover the meaning of Ramadan and fasting by celebrating the breaking of the fast.

WHEN
Thursday, April 30th, 2020
Friday, May 1st, 2020
Sunday, May 3rd, 2020
Tuesday, May5th, 2020
Wednesday, May 6th, 2020
Thursday, May 7th, 2020
Tuesday, May 12th, 2020
Wednesday, May 13th, 2020
Friday, May 15th, 2020
Sunday, May 17th, 2020
Wednesday, May 20th, 2020  

TIME  
6:30 PM (MST)

WHERE
Click on the YouTube link below
  bit.ly/2VpuTRp  (Then Click "LIVE")

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Please see our distinguished guest speakers and the event details below.

When: Thursday, April 30 at 6:30 pm

Zeki Saritoprak is the Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies and professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Ph.D. in Islamic Theology from the University of Marmara in Turkey and is the author of over thirty academic articles and encyclopedia entries on topics in Islam. He is currently preparing a book on Islamic spirituality tentatively titled Islamic Spirituality: Theology and Practice for the Modern World. 
When: Friday, May 1 at 6:30 pm

Dr. Mahnaz Shabbir is the president of Shabbir Advisors, an integrated strategic management consulting company focusing on planning, marketing, public relations, diversity transformation and education on a national and international basis. During the last fourteen years, Shabbir has given several hundred lectures, locally, nationally and internationally to organizations interested in knowing more about diversity issues. She has been the subject of dozens of articles, both locally and nationally. In March 2005, then Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius appointed Shabbir to the REACH Health Care Foundation Community Advisory Committee, a $100 million foundation. Shabbir is also on the faculty at Park University teaching in the Masters of Health Care Leadership Program to include marketing and diversity in patient care delivery. She has been a lecturer at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth and Fort Belvoir, VA.

Prior to forming her own company, Shabbir was the Vice President for Strategic Planning and Business Development at Carondelet Health, a Catholic health care system in Kansas City. She had been with the organization for over 18 years. In this capacity, Shabbir planned $40 million projects like the four story medical mall at Saint Joseph Health Center. She has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Missouri- Kansas City. 
When: Sunday, May 3 at 6:30 pm

Imam Sulaiman Z Salaam is a community leader and religious teacher in the Islamic faith. He considers himself to be a follower of the Prophet Muhammad (G-d’s Peace be upon him), to whom the Holy book Quran was revealed; and a student of the late Imam W.D. Mohammed (G-d’s Peace be upon him also). In the year 2001, Imam Salaam earned the honorary title of “El- Hajj” after completing the fifth pillar of the Islamic faith; which is “hajj” or pilgrimage to Mecca.
Imam Salaam was presented with the Merging Leadership Award by the Heartland Chapter of the Muslim American Council after years of Interfaith work with Harmony; The Focalore Movement of the Catholic Church; participating in Interfaith Dialog with Leaders of various faiths; being a guest speaker and addressing over 25,000 people at the World Youth Day and
Gen Fest in Rome, Italy; and speaking at over 60 Churches since the September 11th Tragedy. Recently he was appointed as an Ambassador for Peace by the World Federation of Peace. Imam Salaam is the Imam of Al - Haqq Islamic Center, in Kansas City, Missouri and for several years now, has Delivered a public address on the 2nd Sunday of every month at the Public Library Entitled Embracing Concepts that Help Us to Live A More G-d Centered, Peaceful and Productive Life”.
When: Tuesday, May 5 at 7:30 pm

Scott C. Alexander, Ph.D. is currently Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, where he is also Director of the school’s Catholic-Muslim Studies Program and faculty coordinator of the Master of Arts concentration in inter-religious dialogue. He is a regular consultant on Catholic-Muslim relations for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catholic Association for Diocesan Ecumenical and Inter-religious Officers. He sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Islamic Law and Culture and is co-editor of the forthcoming Dictionary of Christian-Muslim Relations (Cambridge University Press, anticipated 2015). In March of 2007, Scott was one of five U.S. scholars to be awarded an Association of Theological Schools Lilly Faculty Fellowship in support of his research and writing. 
When: Wednesday, May 6 at 7:30 pm

Dr. Imam Imad Enchassi grew up in the Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut, Lebanon. After moving to the United States at the age of seventeen, Enchassi began a long journey in education, receiving business management degrees from South Plains College and Southern Nazarene University and, then, completing his masters in management from the University of Phoenix.

In 2004, Enchassi made a career move, turning his previous part-time volunteering activities into a full time commitment by becoming the founder and executive director of the Mercy Education Foundation – a multi-million dollar project creating the first accredited Islamic school of Oklahoma City. During that time, he also became the founder, imam and president of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City (ISGOC). In that role, he studied overseas at the Daawa University Institute and the University Institute for Islamic Studies in Lebanon, where he received his bachelors, masters and doctorate degree in Islamic Studies.

Besides being the senior Imam at ISGOC, the chairman of Islamic studies and Chaplain at Oklahoma City University, an adjunct professor of Islamic studies at both Phillips Theological Seminary and St. Paul School of Theology, advisory board member of CAIR, advisory board member of Wilbery School of Religion (Oklahoma City University), Enchassi is also in charge of organizing outreach and curriculum with the Muslim and non-Muslim communities throughout the state of Oklahoma.
When: Thursday, May 7 at 6:30 pm

Scott C. Alexander, Ph.D. is currently Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, where he is also Director of the school’s Catholic-Muslim Studies Program and faculty coordinator of the Master of Arts concentration in inter-religious dialogue. He is a regular consultant on Catholic-Muslim relations for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catholic Association for Diocesan Ecumenical and Inter-religious Officers. He sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Islamic Law and Culture and is co-editor of the forthcoming Dictionary of Christian-Muslim Relations (Cambridge University Press, anticipated 2015). In March of 2007, Scott was one of five U.S. scholars to be awarded an Association of Theological Schools Lilly Faculty Fellowship in support of his research and writing. 
When: Tuesday, May 12 at 6:30 pm

Dr. Imam Imad Enchassi grew up in the Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut, Lebanon. After moving to the United States at the age of seventeen, Enchassi began a long journey in education, receiving business management degrees from South Plains College and Southern Nazarene University and, then, completing his masters in management from the University of Phoenix.

In 2004, Enchassi made a career move, turning his previous part-time volunteering activities into a full time commitment by becoming the founder and executive director of the Mercy Education Foundation – a multi-million dollar project creating the first accredited Islamic school of Oklahoma City. During that time, he also became the founder, imam and president of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City (ISGOC). In that role, he studied overseas at the Daawa University Institute and the University Institute for Islamic Studies in Lebanon, where he received his bachelors, masters and doctorate degree in Islamic Studies.

Besides being the senior Imam at ISGOC, the chairman of Islamic studies and Chaplain at Oklahoma City University, an adjunct professor of Islamic studies at both Phillips Theological Seminary and St. Paul School of Theology, advisory board member of CAIR, advisory board member of Wilbery School of Religion (Oklahoma City University), Enchassi is also in charge of organizing outreach and curriculum with the Muslim and non-Muslim communities throughout the state of Oklahoma.
When: Wednesday, May 13 at 6:30 pm

Dr. Sophia Pandya is a professor and the Department Chair, at California State University at Long Beach, in the Department of Religious Studies. Winner of the 2016 Advancement of Women Award at CSULB from the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, she received her BA from UC Berkeley in Near Eastern Studies/Arabic, and her MA and PhD from UC Santa Barbara in Religious Studies. A Fulbright Scholar, she specializes in women and Islam, and more broadly in contemporary movements within Islam. Dr. Pandyahas authored a book (2012), Muslim Women and Islamic Resurgence: Religion, Education, and Identity Politics in Bahrain, on Bahraini women and the ways in which globalization and modern education impacted their religious activities. Having carried out research in Turkey on several occasions, she is also the co-editor of a second published volume (2012), The Gülen Hizmet Movement and its Transnational Activities: Case Studies on Charitable Activism. Dr. Pandya has also published articles about the Hizmet movement and its relationship to the Kurdish community. Another forthcoming article analyzes the gendered dimensions of the "Yemen Spring" and the subsequent (2015-present) war in Yemen, with a focus on the role of religious groups. Dr. Pandya is frequently invited to speak at the local, national, and international level.
When: Friday, May 15 at 6:45 pm

Dr. Imam Imad Enchassi grew up in the Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut, Lebanon. After moving to the United States at the age of seventeen, Enchassi began a long journey in education, receiving business management degrees from South Plains College and Southern Nazarene University and, then, completing his masters in management from the University of Phoenix.

In 2004, Enchassi made a career move, turning his previous part-time volunteering activities into a full time commitment by becoming the founder and executive director of the Mercy Education Foundation – a multi-million dollar project creating the first accredited Islamic school of Oklahoma City. During that time, he also became the founder, imam and president of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City (ISGOC). In that role, he studied overseas at the Daawa University Institute and the University Institute for Islamic Studies in Lebanon, where he received his bachelors, masters and doctorate degree in Islamic Studies.

Besides being the senior Imam at ISGOC, the chairman of Islamic studies and Chaplain at Oklahoma City University, an adjunct professor of Islamic studies at both Phillips Theological Seminary and St. Paul School of Theology, advisory board member of CAIR, advisory board member of Wilbery School of Religion (Oklahoma City University), Enchassi is also in charge of organizing outreach and curriculum with the Muslim and non-Muslim communities throughout the state of Oklahoma.
When: Wednesday, May 20 at 6:30 pm

Dr. Sophia Pandya is a professor and the Department Chair, at California State University at Long Beach, in the Department of Religious Studies. Winner of the 2016 Advancement of Women Award at CSULB from the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, she received her BA from UC Berkeley in Near Eastern Studies/Arabic, and her MA and PhD from UC Santa Barbara in Religious Studies. A Fulbright Scholar, she specializes in women and Islam, and more broadly in contemporary movements within Islam. Dr. Pandyahas authored a book (2012), Muslim Women and Islamic Resurgence: Religion, Education, and Identity Politics in Bahrain, on Bahraini women and the ways in which globalization and modern education impacted their religious activities. Having carried out research in Turkey on several occasions, she is also the co-editor of a second published volume (2012), The Gülen Hizmet Movement and its Transnational Activities: Case Studies on Charitable Activism. Dr. Pandya has also published articles about the Hizmet movement and its relationship to the Kurdish community. Another forthcoming article analyzes the gendered dimensions of the "Yemen Spring" and the subsequent (2015-present) war in Yemen, with a focus on the role of religious groups. Dr. Pandya is frequently invited to speak at the local, national, and international level.
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