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Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore to speak at the University of Chicago during Islamic Awareness Week

Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore

What/Who: “Artistic Expression in Islam: An Evening of Verse, Conversation and Recitation with Poet Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore.”

Moore will read his poetry, lead discussions and hold a question and answer session with the audience, as part of the Muslim Student Association’s “Islamic Awareness Week: Celebrating the Prophet.”

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6th

Where: The Gaylord and Dorothy Biological Sciences Learning Center 924 E. 57th Street, Room 109

Background: Moore, who became a Muslim in 1970, has devoted much of his writing to his religion, lifestyle and conversion to the Muslim faith. To date, Moore has completed over 50 published and unpublished poetry manuscripts. His poems have been in The Nation, Zyzzva and the City Lights Review. Of becoming a Muslim, Moore says in his piece, Choosing Islam: One Man’s Tale, “I became a Muslim when it seemed I had already accepted it in my bones, as if beyond choice, and I only had to make a leap to embrace it formally.” Moore lives with his family in Philadelphia.


  • Monday, April 3rd: “A Taste of Islam.”

    7 p.m. - 10 p.m. in Hutchison Commons, on the corner of University Avenue and E. 57th Street, adjacent to the Reynolds Club.

    Members of the MSA will host a study break, complete with food, information and artifacts from Muslim countries.

  • Tuesday, April 4th: Opening of MSA space in the new Interreligious Center at Rockefeller Chapel.

    7 p.m. at Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Avenue.

    Celebration will revolve around several different faiths, complete with readings and performances. Vegetarian kosher refreshments will be served at a reception after the event.

  • Wednesday, April 5th: “Living up to the Prophet’s Example: Islam and Social Justice.”

    5 p.m. - 6 p.m. in Bartlett Quadrangle, located between the Joseph Regenstein Library and Bartlett Hall on E. 57th Street.

    Regional social justice organizations to participate in a fair, which will focus on community service.

    The Nawawi Foundation: “Islam in the Modern Age.”

    7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., in the Biological Sciences Learning Center (BSLC), Room 115, 924 E. 57th Street.

    April 5th marks the first day of the Nawawi Foundation’s seven-week course at the University, focusing on Islamic intellectual and political developments, revival, reform, modernism and Islamist activism as the faith has emerged during the last three centuries. Dr. Umar F. Abd-Allah, a 1978 graduate of the University, will be teaching the course. Guests are welcome to attend on Wednesday.

  • Friday, April 7th: Fireside Chat: “Living up to the Prophet’s Example.”

    4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. in the Reynolds Club, 5706 S. University Avenue.

    A panel of University Muslim students will discuss being Muslim, how they attempt to follow the teachings of the Prophet and what the Prophet means to them. Stereotypes will also be discussed.

    Zabiha Night

    During lunch and dinner at Bartlett Dining Hall, located on the corner of University Avenue and E. 57th Street, Zabiha will be served. The University of Chicago Housing and Dining Services worked with members of the MSA to ensure an authentic, celebratory feast to conclude Islamic Awareness Week.

    Last modified at 09:46 AM CST on Wednesday, April 05, 2006.

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