Santa Clara University

<h3>The Hajj in Comparative Perspective:<br> Pilgrimage around the Globe</h3>

Panel Presentation
Thursday, February 9, from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Sobrato Commons
Santa Clara University

(free and open to the public)

Please join us for a panel featuring three SCU faculty and a local scholar. The attached flyer has more detailed information; briefly:

Michael Wolfe will lead off the panel with a presentation on the role of the hajj in Islam as experiences by Muslims today. A resident of Santa Cruz, Wolfe is an American Muslim convert and scholar who has published two books on the hajj and anchored a Nightline [ABC] documentary now out as a video, "The Hajj: One American's Pilgrimage to Mecca." The media company he co-founded, Unity Productions Foundation, produced the recent PBS documentary, "Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet."

A panel of three SCU faculty, David Pinault and Cynthia Baker (Religious Studies), and Dorothea French (History, retired) will offer comparisons from their research on pilgrimage in other faith traditions (Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism) and parts of the world (Spain, Israel, Indonesia).

After questions and comments from the audience we will close with a reception, from 7-7:30 p.m.

This program is co-sponsored by SCU's Religious Studies Department and Local Religion Project, the Muslim Community Association (MCA), and the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of CAIR. For further information please contact Prof. Philip Boo Riley (; 408 554 2199).

Please feel free to forward this information to students, colleagues, friends, family.

If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation, please contact Vicky Gonzalez, ext. 4547.
Philip Boo Riley
Religious Studies
Director, Local Religion Project