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Behind the Mosque: Unexpected Challenges to Sharia Law in Iran – Keith St. Clair (Grand Rapids)

March 10, 2011
12:00 am - 1:30 am EDT

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


Like elsewhere in the Middle East, Iran has been recently experiencing internal opposition to its regime. Since the Islamic Revolution, Sharia law has been imposed on its people. But Sharia law in Iran faces challenges from some surprising sources including a population far more secular than perceived abroad.

Professor Keith St. Clair has recently returned from Iran and he will share through photos his recent experiences and what he has learned about this fascinating country. The result is an image of Iran not often seen in the news media.

Meetings are open to the Public. A moderated discussion will follow the lecture.

After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

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About Keith St. Clair, PhD

Professor of Political Science, Grand Rapids Community College

Mr. St. Clair is a tenured Political Science Instructor at Grand Rapids Community College. He has been teaching political science there since 2002 and can be seen frequently on its cable channel 28. He teaches government and international relations. He holds two degrees from Illinois State University: a Master of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. While in graduate school, he interned in London working as a research assistant for a Member of the British Parliament. He has travelled extensively throughout the Middle East. He has lived in West Michigan since 1997 with his wife Alice. Mr. St. Clair serves on the board of the Michigan Conference of Political Scientists. He remains active in the World Affairs Council of West Michigan and has been a guest lecturer for the National Issues Forum at the Dirksen Congressional Center.