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Dr. Reuven Firestone will present on Whirling Dervishes of al-Rumi at UCLA, April 4th, and on new film on the Crusades, "Kingdom of Heaven," at USC on April 18th

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Monday, April 18, 2005

Dr. Reuven Firestone, Professor of Medieval Jewish Studies, will present the introduction to the Sufi poetry and philosophy of al-Rumi for the "Whirling Dervishes of al-Rumi" dance program at UCLA's Royce Hall on Monday evening, April 4th. Join journalism professor Diane Winston, USC Annenberg's Knight Chair in Media and Religion, for a panel discussion with scholars, religious leaders, and film critics about the soon-to-be-released film Kingdom of Heaven , directed by Ridley Scott. 

The panel discussion at USC's Annenberg Auditorium on April 19th will feature: 

  • Aymen Khalifa, a cultural consultant on Islamic issues who advised Scott on the film
  • John Aberth, historian and author of "A Knight at the Movies: Medieval History on Film"
  • Reuven Firestone, professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles and author of "Jihad: The Origin of Holy War In Islam"
  • Diane Winston, holder of the Knight Chair in Media and Religion, will moderate.

This event is co-sponsored by the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, the Office of Religious Life, the School of Cinema-Television, the School of Religion, the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture and the TriBeCa Film Festival. A reception follows. 

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