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Director of Islamic Center Next Presentation in SVC Series on Aging, Spirituality March 12

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Posted: Tuesday Mar 4, 2014

March 4, 2014

Sheikh Atef Mahgoub, religious director of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh will be the second speaker in the eighth edition of the Saint Vincent College School of Social Sciences, Communication and Education lecture series on Aging and Spirituality at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at the Fred M. Rogers Center. His presentation is entitled, “The Concept of the Heart within Spirituality.” Admission is free and open to the public.

Mahgoub is a native of Mansoura, Egypt, where he grew up studying in the renowned Al-Azhar school system. He memorized the Holy Qur'an at a young age, studied traditionally under several sheikhs (scholars) in Egypt, and received Ijazahs (permissions to teach) in different books. Afterward, he went on to obtain his bachelor's degree in Islamic studies from Al-Azhar University, which gave him the opportunity to study the religion of Islam in-depth under the mentorship of some of the most well-known Islamic scholars.

He has been invited to deliver a number of lectures, both locally and internationally, for organizations such as the Islamic Society of Britain and Council on American-Islamic Relations. Currently he is the religious director and Imam of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, where he has served since 2008. He is an active member of the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network, and he participates in various interfaith and community outreach events. Next fall, he plans to begin a Ph.D. in theology and religious studies with a specialization in Islam in the contemporary west at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

The third and final presentation in the series will be a representative from the Buddhist tradition at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 2.

Persons of all ages are welcome to attend and share in the discussion and questions.

Parking for the physically challenged is available at the Fred M. Rogers Center. All participants may park in Parking Area A and enter the Rogers Center at the first floor entrance.

Reservations are not required. For additional information, phone 724 805-2522.

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Photo: Sheikh Atef Mahgoub 

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