Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

September 11, 2003

Former Professor from Beirut to Present Lecture on Islam,
U.S. Foreign Policy and Justice

Nabeel Jabbour, Ph.D., will present a lecture, "An Open Letter to President Bush: Islam, U.S. Foreign Policy, and Justice in the Middle East," on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Seeley Mudd Chapel at Whitworth College. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 777-3270.

Jabbour was born in Syria and raised in Lebanon. He holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the American University of Beirut and a master's degree from the Near East School of Theology, in Beirut, Lebanon. In 1991, he also earned a Ph.D. in theology in Islamic Studies from the University of South Africa, in Pretoria.

Jabbour taught psychology and history of civilizations at Haigazian University in Beirut before joining the Navigators Ministry as a missionary in 1972. Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., Navigators is an international ministry organization dedicated to sending missionaries throughout the world.

He is the author of several books, including The Rumbling Volcano, on Islamic fundamentalism in Egypt, and The Unseen Reality, on spiritual warfare.

Jabbour's lecture is part of Whitworth's "Lives of Commitment" Project, which was launched in 2001 when the college received a $1,014,000 grant from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust. The five-year program is based on new research that identifies tools for helping college students develop a robust worldview that becomes a way of life after they graduate. The project supports visiting speakers, research seminars, faculty-development programs, and other initiatives to integrate worldview issues and civic engagement into the college culture and curriculum.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Raja Tanas, professor of sociology, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4516 or rtanas@whitworth.edu.

Barbara Brodrick, academic program assistant, Whitworth College, (509)777-3270 or bbrodrick@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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