Department of Religious Studies News

UT to kick off Islam-focused lecture series

Knoxville News Sentinel

The Knoxville News Sentinel featured a story on the Siddiqi Lecture Series, a new, annual Islamic lecture series aimed at broadening public understanding of the religion. Sherman A. Jackson, a renowned professor and the director of University of Southern California’s Center for Islamic Thought, Culture and Practice, will deliver the inaugural lecture.

Outreach Seminar Explores Ancient Biblical Marriage and Family Law

“Divorce, Incest, and Adultery in the Bible and the Ancient Near East” will be discussed in a March 27 seminar sponsored by UT and the Knoxville Jewish Alliance. The seminar begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Arnstein Jewish Community Center and is free and open to the public. Erin Darby, assistant professor of religious studies, and Raphe Panitz, adult education coordinator at Heska Amuna Synagogue, will lead the seminar, which will explore divorce, incest, and adultery in the laws of ancient Israel and its neighbors and will compare these ancient laws to modern law in Tennessee.