For release: February 22, 2010
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
The University of Memphis will host the eighth annual Muslims in Memphis Celebration
opening ceremony Saturday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in the Michael D. Rose Theatre. There
will be a keynote address and discussion with Richard W. Burkholder of the Gallup
World Poll, followed by the Memphis premiere of the documentary film Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think. The event is free and open to the public.
Burkholder is the director of international polling and the regional research director for the
Middle East, North Africa and other predominantly Muslim countries throughout the
world for the Gallup World Poll. He designed and directed the 2001-02 Gallup Poll
of the Islamic World, an unprecedented public opinion survey of the both the urban
and rural adult populations of Iran, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Turkey, Pakistan, Kuwait,
Morocco, Jordan and Indonesia.
The film explores opinions of Muslims around the globe as revealed in the world’s first major
opinion poll, conducted by Gallup. Focused on the issues of gender justice, terrorism,
and democracy, Inside Islam presents data and shows how it challenges the popular notion that Muslims and the
West are on a collision course. Like the research, the film highlights a shared relationship
that is based on facts, not fear.
Experts featured in the film include Dalia Mogahed, executive director of the Gallup
Center for Muslim Studies; John Esposito, professor of international affairs and Islamic
studies at Georgetown University; Rami Khoury, editor of the Daily Star of Beirut; and Kenneth Pollack, director of research at the Saban Center for Middle
East Policy at the Brookings Institution.
Sponsors are the University of Memphis Department of History, Diversity Memphis, and
Muslims in Memphis.
Reservations are encouraged and may be made online at http://memphisinsideislam.eventbrite.com
For more information, call Dr. Kent Schull at 901-678-2868.