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Author and Theologian to Discuss Islam and Women’s Rights

Bethlehem, Pa., January 26, 2005—Former Methodist minister and author, Dr. Jerald F. Dirks will speak on “Women in Islam,” at Moravian College on Thursday, January 27, in Dana Lecture Hall. Dirks wrote two books, The Cross and the Crescent; and Abraham: The Friend of God, which explore the commonalities and differences among Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. Dirks will present the concept of Islam as a champion of women's rights during his talk, which is sponsored by the Moravian College Islamic Club and the Islamic Center of Lehigh Valley. The public is welcome and admission is free.

Dirks who has been a practicing Muslim for nine years, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College, Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and Doctor of Psychology degree (clinical psychology) from the University of Denver. Dirks has authored or co-authored over 60 published articles in the behavioral sciences, primarily in psychosomatic medicine, and over 140 published articles on the Arabian horse and its history.