Making the Familiar Strange: The Life of Musa (Moses) with Hamza Haqqi



Tuesday, October 19
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT
Zoom (Registration required)

Join Education and Program Associate Ally ZimmerMas and Hamza Haqqi, author and member of American Muslim Institute, for this session of Making the Familiar Strange as we explore the story of Moses (Musa) in Al-Qasas (Arabic: القصص‎, ‘Al-Qaṣaṣ; meaning: The Story) in the 28th chapter (sūrah) of the Qur’an with 88 verses (āyāt).

Read or review the story: Qur’an 28:1-88 (PDF or online)

Attendees may also pick up a physical copy of the Qur’an from American Muslim Institute if they would like one.

Hamza Haqqi is a doctoral student in the Baylor University School of Education’s E.D. program, specializing in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on mindfulness, motivational coaching, and burnout research. Hamza, who is from Omaha, grew up in a Muslim family and has always practiced and approached faith with a mindfulness approach. Hamza earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social gerontology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Before launching, he spent the next five years at Southern Methodist University, where he earned a degree in Marketing and Communications.

His interest in Islamic studies and foreign cultures began at a young age, and his travels across the United States and studies at the University of Franche-Comté (UFC) in Besançon, France, highlighted his expertise in faith-based learning, servant leadership, and multicultural learning. Hamza was recently featured in an UneTech article and the AMI (American Muslim Institute) page’s My Story segment, as well as hosting an inter-congregational book talk and youth-led camp activity on August 20th and 21st, 2021.

Making the Familiar Strange is an opportunity for interfaith dialogue that inspires people of different religious and nonreligious backgrounds to read the same text together. Rather than providing answers, creating arguments, or shutting down conversation, Making the Familiar Strange gives attendees an opportunity to investigate and share different perspectives on the same texts.

While not required, the program is best if you have access to the stories, which can be through a physical copy or online copy of a Bible, Tanakh, and/or Quran.

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