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Tennessee Tech University’s Issues in the Muslim World lecture series returns Oct. 1 with a lecture by East Tennessee State University associate professor of history Leila Al-Imad.

Al-Imad, who is originally from Lebanon, specializes in the history of the Middle East and of Islam.

“Dr. Al-Imad is able to address several aspects of the Middle East and is personally aware of some of the biases that exist in the region against women,” said TTU history professor Wali Kharif. “She is a Christian and can also provide input from another perspective.”

She will talk about social, economic and political issues confronting the Druze people. The Druze are a complex community of about 1 million people found across Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Jordan. Their system of belief is part philosophy, part religion and has been secretive during certain times in history.

Al-Imad is the author of “The Fatimid Vizirate, 969-1172,” and is also fluent in English, Arabic, French, Spanish, Italian, Turkish and Persian.

Sponsored by TTU’s Center Stage, the lecture will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, in Johnson Hall Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.