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Inspired by the historical encounter between Francis of Assisi and the Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil in 1219, the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies at St. Bonaventure University seeks to promote an understanding of Arab and Islamic cultures, an appreciation of both their historical and contemporary significance in the global community, and respectful relations between Muslim and Christian people.
The mission of CAIS comprises four main areas:
This video captures an Oct. 5 presentation on campus by Dr. John Esposito, one of the most prominent American scholars of Islamic studies, political Islam and Islamophobia. Esposito founded the Center for Muslim Christian Understanding at Georgetown University.
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