Dixie Forum reconvenes with lecture on law, war

Foreground photo of Shadman Bashir, who will present at Dixie State University's weekly lecture series “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” on Tuesday, Sept. 1 | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Dixie State University is launching its weekly lecture series “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” for the Fall 2015 semester with a presentation by Shadman Bashir Tuesday at the Dunford Auditorium in the Browning Resource Center on the DSU campus. Admission is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.

Questions to be discussed at the presentation include:

  • Do laws apply to war?
  • Is it possible for the secular and divine to balance each other in the context of conflict?
  • Can a holy warrior be holy and legal at the same time?
  • Is Islam a religion of peace or war?
  • What is Jihad, how can it be legal and is it a struggle to end nationalism?

Bashir is a visiting professor of law and international relations at DSU. He teaches classes in the political science and criminal justice departments and business school, as well as serving as an adviser at the Brigham Young University law school, International Center for Law and Religion Studies.

A native of the Pakistani tribal region, Bashir has studied and taught English, Islamic and U.S. law. His expertise in law and international affairs includes terrorism and conflicts, South Asian political systems and dynamics, international security, unconventional warfare, humanitarian and aid organizations in South Asia, comparative laws, international human trafficking and slavery, Islamic law, U.S. immigration law and international constitutional laws.

Bashir speaks six languages and multiple dialects. He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Edwardes College and a degree in English and Islamic law from the University of Peshawar, in Peshawar, Pakistan. He then moved to the U.S. and received a master’s in comparative law from California Western School of Law in San Diego, California.

Dixie Forum is a weekly lecture series offering 50-minute presentations designed to introduce the St. George community and DSU students, faculty and staff to diverse ideas and personalities while widening their worldviews.

The next forum will have DSU teaming up with DOCUTAH for the premiere of the 2015 DOCUTAH Filmmakers Seminars series in the Main Stage Theater of the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts on the DSU campus. Set for noon on Sept. 8, the opening day of the international documentary film festival, the seminar will feature filmmakers Hildegard Elisabeth Keller, whose film “Whatever Comes Next” is entered in DOCUTAH, and Kathleen Clair Lee, a DSU student who entered “The Devil and The Angel” in the festival.

Event details

  • What: “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” with Shadman Bashir
  • When: Tuesday, Sept. 1, Noon to 12:50 p.m.
  • Where: Dunford Auditorium, Browning Resource Center, Dixie State University, 225 S. 700 East, St. George
  • Dixie State University website
  • Contact: DSU forum coordinator John Burns at 435-879-4712 or burns@dixie.edu

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