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March 21, 2003

Religious Scholar Karen Armstrong to Examine Rise of Fundamentalism

In a rare U.S. appearance, religious scholar and best-selling author Karen Armstrong will discuss the rise of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim fundamentalism as a response to modernity in an upcoming Humanities Forum lecture at UMBC. Armstrong's talk, "The Battle for God," will be held Tuesday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m. in UMBC's University Center Ballroom.

Armstrong is one of the most vigorous and incisive commentators on religious affairs writing today. She turned to the comparative study of religions after leaving the convent where she spent seven years as a Roman Catholic nun. Armstrong currently teaches at the Leo Baeck College for the Study of Judaism and has written many books on world religion, including the best-selling A History of God, The Battle for God, and Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet.

This event is part of UMBC's Spring 2003 Humanities Forum lecture series and is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored at UMBC by the Center for the Humanities, The Honors College, Summer and Winter Programs, and Friends of the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery.

For more information, visit http://www.umbc.edu/humanities/forum.html or call 410-455-6798.

Posted by dwinds1 at March 21, 2003 12:00 AM