Raleigh : 03-09-2013
IITS hosted distinguished speakers and guests to celebrate Women's Day on March 9th, 2013. The interfaith theme of the day was "Learning from the Exemplary Christian and Muslim Women of the Past". During the event, the guests from different religious backgrounds learned about the challenges faced by Asiyah, the wife of Pharaoh, to save Moses' life when she saw him in the cradle coming towards the shore and bared the wrath of Pharaoh; how Esther, a Jewish queen of the Persian king Ahasuerus, guided the king in decision making and saved his life from various assassinations; Virgin Mary as a perfect example of chastity in all of the three Abrahamic religions; the struggle of Khadijah, a wealthy and successful businesswoman, the first Muslim woman and the wife of Prophet Mohammed (pbuh), during the early days of Islam; the patience of Fatimah, the daughter of Prophet Mohammed (phuh), undergoing through poverty and experiencing the calamities of her time; and finally, the suffering of Pauli Murray, an African American priest, from racist discrimination and her ordination as the first female African-American Episcopal priest in U.S.
The presenters were Dr. Mona Hassan, an Assistant Professor at Religion Department of Duke University and Dr. Christy Lohr Sapp, the Associate Dean for Religious Life at Duke University.
The presentations were followed by a Q&A session and a reception to socialize and enjoy samples of refreshments from Turkish Cuisine.