Political unrest in Egypt and the closer controversy that has surrounded the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro are topics of importance to Sheik Ossama Mohamed Bahloul. Bahloul is the imam, or spiritual leader, of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, and he will give a talk in the Tech Pride Room of Tennessee Tech University's Roaden University Center at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 28.
"Sheikh Ossama will be discussing Arabic and Islamic culture as well as his experiences studying theology in Cairo," said Matthew Zagumny, a counseling and psychology professor who teaches cross-cultural psychology at TTU. "Given the attention received by the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro as well as the recent political events in Northern Africa, specifically Egypt, our class would like to invite the university community and general public to his talk," Zagumny continued.
Bahloul is a graduate of Al-Azhar University in Cairo, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Islamic studies, and he is currently working toward a doctorate in comparative religious studies. He has served as the imam of the Islamic Society of Southern Texas in Corpus Christi and visiting imam for the Islamic Centers of Irving, Texas, and Darmishtat in Frankfurt, Germany. Bahloul encourages community involvement and interaction by conducting Islam 101 presentations at colleges and churches, as well as organizing town hall meetings, open houses and community breakfasts with civic and religious leaders. He has served as the imam of the Murfreesboro center since April 2008. For more information about Monday's event, call Zagumny at 931-372-6255