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October 17, 2013

Lewental to speak tonight

NORMAN — Dr. Gershon Lewental will speak at the Norman Bahá’í Center, 526 Iowa St., at 7:30 tonight. His topics are “Jews, Judaism, Israel, and the Middle East.” All are welcome to the free presentation.

This will be an informal talk, with plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Lewental is the AICE/Schusterman visiting professor of Israel studies at the Department of History and the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He earned his BA from Cornell University and received his PhD in Middle Eastern history from Brandeis University in 2011, writing his dissertation on the Battle of al-Qadisiyyah during the Arab-Muslim conquest of Iran and the changing perceptions of the engagement through time. His fields of specialization include Iranian history, early Islam, the Baha’i Faith, and Israeli history and he seeks in his scholarship to examine the interplay of memory, religion and nationalism in identity. Topics on which he is working include Saddam Hussein’s religious rhetoric; the Baha’i community in Israel from 1917 to the present; and early Islamic historiography.

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