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Upcoming lecture to focus on Muslim Perspectives on Religion and Politics

John Kelsay, Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University, will present “The Debate over the Islamic State Group:  Muslim Perspectives on Religion and Politics” at Gonzaga University on Jan. 21.

Kelsay’s work situates contemporary Islamic arguments about war and violence within the historical Islamic legal and political tradition. This lecture will focus on the debate between Muslims regarding the Islamic State group and its claims regarding political legitimacy and warfare.

The lecture will be from 5-6:30 p.m. at Gonzaga’s Wolff Auditorium. The event is free and open to the pubic.


About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.

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