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The Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies at John Carroll University is pleased to announce upcoming events to celebrate the Fourth Annual Week of Islamic Art and Culture, April 4-8, 2011. There will be a Pictorial Mosque Exhibition each day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Dolan Center Gallery. It will include pictures of mosques from around the world and "Traditional Costumes" from some Islamic countries. The exhibit will be sponsored by the Muslim Society at JCU. The feature event of the week is a lecture given by leading American scholar, Dale Eickelman, Ph.D., of Dartmouth College on "Mainstream Islam: Taking Charge of the Faith." The lecture will take place on Monday, April 4, at 7 p.m in the Donahue Auditorium of Dolan Center for Science and Technology. The lecture is free and open to the public. Eickelman is the Ralph and Richard Lazarus Professor of Anthropology and Human Relations at Dartmouth College. He joined the Dartmouth faculty in 1989. He has conducted long-term field research in North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, focusing especially on religion, politics, and education, and he regularly visits the Middle East. His books include Muslim Politics, co-authored with James Piscatori (new edition, 2004); The Middle East and Central Asia, 4th edition, (2002); and Knowledge and Power in Morocco (1985). His recent edited books include Public Islam and the Common Good (co-edited with Armando Salvatore, 2004); and New Media in the Muslim World (co-edited with Jon Anderson, 2nd ed. 2003). Several of his books and articles have been translated into Arabic. He is a former President of the Middle East Studies Association and currently coordinates the American University of Kuwait—Dartmouth College project, involved in the development of Kuwait’s first private liberal arts university. As a 2009-2011 Carnegie Fellow he is working on a project titled “Mainstreaming Islam: Taking Charge of the Faith.” In addition to the lecture, a performance of Sufi Music will be given on Wednesday, April 6, and Friday, April 8, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Dolan Center Gallery. Finally, two movies will be shown: Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, and Inside Mecca at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 7. Both will be shown in the Donahue Auditorium of the Dolan Center for Science and Technology. For more information, please contact Zeki Saritoprak, Ph.D., Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies, at or 216.397.6279.