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Dominican Center for Global Peace Through Commerce to host interfaith lecture

3/31/2012 - 9:37 AM PST

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River Forest, IL (March 31, 2012) - The Center for Global Peace Through Commerce at Dominican University will host "Doing Business in the Global Economy: Christian and Muslim Perspectives," on Wednesday, April 11, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in, Bluhm Lecture Hall, Room 108 of Parmer Hall on Dominican's Main Campus, 7900 Division Street, River Forest.

The interfaith discussion will focus on contemporary attempts to restructure economies that honor Christian and Islamic teachings and will be led by William George, professor of theology at Dominican, and Karen Hunt Ahmed, assistant professor of finance and management at DePaul University.

George teaches courses on international law and religious societal structures for the departments of theology and political science at Dominican. His class "Owning and Owing: Theological Perspectives on Property and Debt," includes a section on Islamic economics and banking, an area he has researched. He holds a PhD in Ethics and Society from the University of Chicago Divinity School, an MDiv from Weston School of Theology, and an MA in philosophy from Gonzaga University.

Prior to joining the higher education sector, Ahmed worked in banking in Chicago and Dubai. Her research interests include Islamic finance, globalization, moral beliefs and business practices, ethical investing and the socio-cultural implications of business practice. Her book Contemporary Islamic Finance is to be published by Wiley & Sons. She also serves as president of the Chicago Islamic Microfinance Project, an economic development project started with her partner Cynthia Shawamreh. She holds a BA and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MA and PhD from the University of Chicago.

The event is free of charge and free parking is included. Audience participation is encouraged. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Rebecca Davis Mathias at (708) 524-5982 or

The Center for Global Peace through Commerce at Dominican University strives to create globally-conscious leaders whose work can promote peace through relevant business solutions. It was established in 2008 with a generous grant from the Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust.


Dominican University  IL, 60305 US
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