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Islam 101

Our speakers will give us a brief introduction to foundational beliefs of Muslims, share information on Islam, and talk about the agency of women in Islam.

They will compare culture versus religion, offering a nuanced view in historical perspective, and share voices, issues and perspectives in the 21st century of American Muslim women.

Ahmet Selim Tekelioglu
Ahmet Selim Tekelioglu is the Outreach and Education Director at the Philadelphia Chapter of Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).

He holds a PhD in Political Science from Boston University. His academic research focuses on religion in America, transnationalism, and American Muslim identity. Tekelioglu teaches courses on American Muslim History and Islam in Philadelphia at Temple University's OLLI program and at Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.

Nevan Hamid is a member of CAIR-Philadelphia Advisory Board.

She was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. She graduated from Cairo Medical College, Cairo University and moved to the US to join her husband and raise her two children in Pennsylvania. Hamid became a member of the outreach committee at Villanova Islamic Foundation and started a women’s group for Islamic Studies in 2003, which recently moved to the Islamic Society of Greater Valley Forge.

In 2010, she joined an interfaith group, attending Bible study, where she learned about the Old and New testaments and found similarities and differences with Islamic belief. Understanding other religions helps her to work with others to bridge differences.
Nevan Hamid

This will be an online event hosted via Zoom Conferencing. You do not need a Zoom account but you will need to download and install the Zoom app on your computer or mobile device to join the event. Please email us at in advance if you need assistance installing the Zoom app. If you cannot join the event using your computer or mobile device and the Zoom app, you can join the event via teleconference and hear the audio portion. You will receive an email a day or so before the event with a link to the meeting, the Meeting ID, call-in telephone numbers and instructions for joining the meeting.

Please register through our website by clicking the Register Now on the right. Directions for Self Registration can be found here. You can also register by emailing, or calling 215-925-7333. This program is free of charge to our members and volunteers. Non-members and guests will be charged a $10 fee per program, and may attend up to three programs before being required to join and/or volunteer with Penn’s Village.

Penn’s Village welcomes and actively encourages an inclusive and diverse community of members, staff, Board of Directors and volunteers. Inclusiveness and diversity mean welcoming all and excluding no one because of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social-economic status, physical abilities, religious beliefs or political beliefs.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 2:00 PM until 3:30 PM
A Zoom Meeting link is included in the confirmation and reminder emails.

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