On January 21st, the Atlantic Institute co-sponsored two events featuring a presentation on terrorism by Dr. Parvez Ahmed, author and Professor of Finance at the University of North Florida. Large audiences attended both events: one co-sponsored on Furman's campus by the Atlantic Institute and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Furman University and the other co-sponsored in Clemson by the Atlantic Institute and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Clemson University. Two other scheduled events had to be canceled due to a winter storm.
Dr. Ahmed spoke on terrorism in general, with a focus on terrorism in the Middle East. His presentation was informative, interesting and challenging. Dr. Ahmed offered a 21st century approach to a number of topics:
- The nature of terrorism.
- The relationship between scriptural sources and violence and terrorism.
- Contextual interpretation of specific verses in the Qur'an which deal with violence.
- The socio-political factors that contribute to terrorism.
- Factors that contribute to radicalization.
- Effective and non-effective methods of addressing terrorism.
- Public condemnation of terrorism by Muslim leaders worldwide.
- The American Muslim experience in today's climate of suspicion.
Following his presentation, Dr. Ahmed responded to questions from the audience.
Dr. Parvez Ahmed is Director of the Center for Sustainable Business Practices and Professor of Finance at the Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida. In 2009 he was named a U.S. Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Ahmed's research work has appeared in many major finance journals and he also writes editorials about Islam and the American Muslim experience. His articles have been published in leading newspapers, including the Miami Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Sun Tribune, Houston Chronicle, New York Newsday, Charlotte Observer, and many others. In addition, he often contributes to the leading English newspaper in Turkey, Today's Zaman. Dr. Ahmed teaches a special 10-week course titled, "Islam: the faith, the people and their politics," at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of North Florida.