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Noted educator on Islam to speak at APSU

A veteran university educator who has spent the last 12 years providing Islamic instruction will speak this week at Austin Peay State University.

Dr. Awadh Binhazim, who has served in different leadership positions in Nashvilles Muslim community, will speak Feb. 22 to APSU students in a political science class, Religion and Politics in the War on Terrorism, taught by adjunct professor and former national television journalist W. Thomas Osborne.

Binhazim is president of Olive Tree Education, a nonprofit group in Nashville dedicated to Islamic education and outreach. A veteran university educator who has spent the last 12 years providing Islamic instruction will speak this week at Austin Peay State University.

Dr. Awadh Binhazim, who has served in different leadership positions in Nashville's Muslim community, will speak Feb. 22 to APSU students in a political science class, Religion and Politics in the War on Terrorism, taught by adjunct professor and former national television journalist W. Thomas Osborne.

Binhazim is president of Olive Tree Education, a nonprofit group in Nashville dedicated to Islamic education and outreach.

In the Feb. 3, 2007, edition of The Tennessean, Binhazim wrote a column that noted how the public continues to misunderstand the Muslim and Islamic faiths, especially since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on American soil.

“Over the last six years, I have visited many churches, civic clubs, schools and colleges to talk about the truth with respect to Islam,” he stated in the opinion piece. “I continue to meet many Americans that are still poorly informed about Muslims and their faith.”

Born and raised in Kenya, Binhazim has taught courses on Islam at the Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Nashville.

For more information about Binhazim's talk at APSU, contact Osborne by telephone at (931) 721-3952 or by e-mail at tomosborne48@yahoo.com. -- Melony Leazer