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International House hosts panel on Middle East Politics and Abrahamic Religions

International House, also known as I-House, in downtown Davis is holding a panel titled “Middle East Politics and Abrahamic Religions.”

The panel, free and open to the public, is scheduled to take place Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.

The event will feature three panelists: Zeev Maoz, UC Davis professor of political science, Nasser Elias Al-Khoury, instructor on Arabic language at UC Berkeley, and Hatem Bazian, adviser to the Religion, Politics and Globalization Center at UC Berkeley and visiting professor of religious studies at Saint Mary’s College of California.

“International House Davis sees community education as part of its role. The panel … will be informative and interesting as we look at a vital and troubled part of the world,” said Elisabeth Sherwin, executive director of International House Davis.

I-House promotes a global community, respect, and appreciation for all cultures through programs that are open to the community, international visitors, students and academic institutions that offer cross-cultural interactions, according to International House Davis’ vice president, Hamza El-Nakhal.

Panelist Zeev Maoz explains that he will address not only Judaism but Islam as well.

“I plan to speak on the role of religion – both Jewish and Muslim – in Israeli politics and society. This includes the way in which Israel has dealt with religious groups from a legal and social perspective, how the influence of religious political parties has changed over time and the kind of effect these groups have on Israeli policies — both domestically and with respect to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. My goal is to provide people in the audience with information about, and insights into, the role of religion in Israel,” said Maoz.

During the panel, Hatem Bazian will also discuss Islam and the Middle East and Nasser Elias Al-Khoury will speak about the Christian religion. Both were unable to be reached for comment on the event.

“The Panel discussion on the Abrahamic religions and Middle East politics is sponsored by I-House to promote peace and understanding among people in the Middle East area. All Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) call for peace, respect for others, compassion [and] sharing resources with others. We succeeded in inviting three excellent speakers to discuss the issue,” said El-Nakhal.

LILIANA NAVA OCHOA can be reached at campus@theaggie.org.

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