Two prominent American Islamic scholars are scheduled to arrive in Zamboanga City on September 15 to be guest speakers during a forum on September 15, 2003 to be held at the Western Mindananao State University.
Assistant Secretary Abraham Iribani of the Department of the Interior and Local Government has written Dr. Eldigario D. Gonzales to request the latter for the participation of WMSU as Co-Sponsor of the forum in this city.
Secretary Iribani has identified the American Islamic Scholars as Dr. Radwan A. Masmoudi, member of the Board, President and Founder of the Center of the Study of Islam and Democracy, a Washington-based non-profit think-tank. The other Islamic Scholar who will be with Dr. Masmoudi, is Dr. Louay M. Safi, Director of Research at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and a founding member and Director of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy.
Prior to the coming of the two American Islamic scholars to the city, they had spoken in a series of fora which had started last September 10, 2003, at the UP Institute of Islamic Studies and the Asian Institute of Management Policy Center in Metro Manila.
On September 11, they will speak at the Ramos Peace and Development Foundation with former President Fidel V. Ramos as guest. On the 12th of this month, they will proceed to Marawi City to speak in another forum at the Mindanao State University.
On September 13, Dr. Safi and Dr. Masmoudi will be in Cotabato City for another forum with ARMM Officials.
From Marawi, they will proceed to Zamboanga City on September 14 for another forum on September 15 at 9:00-12:00 at the Western Mindanao State University. On the same day, the two Islamic scholars will be given a luncheon to be tendered in their honor by DILG with leaders of the city to be headed by Mayor Ma. Clara L. Lobregat.
Secretary Iribani said that these series of fora held for these American Scholars are sponsored by Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy which aims to help in the Mindanao Peace Process. (Prof. Ali T. Yacub/UB-Public Affairs Office/WMSU)