Environmental biologist who spent 20 years in Arabia to speak on the prophet Muhammad

Environmental Biologist Dr. Joseph B. Platt will present “Muhammad, the Prophet and Politician of Islam" at the next President’s Colleagues of Dixie State University meeting series, location and date of photo unspecified | Composite image, photo of Dr. Platt courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News

ST. GEORGE In the next installment of the President’s Colleagues of Dixie State University meeting series on Monday, environmental biologist Joseph B. Platt will present “Muhammad, the Prophet and Politician of Islam.”

Platt will share insights he gained about Muhammad while living among Muslim people in Arabia for 20 years.

Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, has a unique combination of secular and religious influences on the world stage. He was born in the year 570 in the remote trading village of Mecca. By his death, at age 63, Islam was the faith of the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa. Within 100 years, the Islamic empire was the largest the world had ever known.

About Joseph Platt

Working with the protection of endangered species, Platt served as a wildlife adviser to the king of Bahrain for seven years, was an environmental adviser to the ruler of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for 13 years and advised the kings of Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Jordan. He also worked on projects in Kuwait, Iran; Oman, Pakistan; and Eritrea, East Africa.

Platt earned a bachelor’s degree in wildlife from Utah State University, a master’s in zoology from Brigham Young University and a doctorate in ecology from Cornell University. He continues to work with renewable energy developers in wind and solar energy facilities throughout the U.S. and currently teaches in Dixie State’s biological sciences department.

Platt’s presentation will take place Monday at noon in Lecture Hall 156 of Dixie State University’s Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, located on the Dixie Regional Medical Center campus at 1526 East Medical Center Drive. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The President’s Colleagues meeting series will continue Feb. 4 with a presentation from Dixie State professor of art and renowned artist Del Parson.

Established more than 20 years ago by former DSU President Douglas Alder, the President’s Colleagues of DSU is a group of retired professors and other professionals who live mostly in the Washington County area. Alder, who also started DSU’s Honors Program, organized the group as a way to increase academic activities on campus.

Event details

  • What: “Muhammad, the Prophet and Politician of Islam” presentation.
  • When: Monday, Jan. 7, at noon.
  • Where: Lecture Hall 156 of Dixie State’s Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, Dixie Regional Medical Center campus at 1526 East Medical Center Drive in St. George.
  • Admission: Free to the public.

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