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Speaker to address religion, politics of Turkey

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Mangol Bayat, a visiting professor in the University of Iowa School of Religion and department of history will give a luncheon talk, "Religion and the Politics of Turkey" at noon Tuesday, April 29 at the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St.

The event is co-sponsored by the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) and the UI Center for International and Comparative Studies and is presented in part with support from Iowa State Bank and Trust. WSUI-AM (910) will carry the program Wednesday, April 30 following the noon news.

The Middle Eastern-style luncheon will include chicken tajine from Morocco; a Persian rice dish known as havij polo; an Israeli salad of corn, olives, apples and potatoes; a Turkish eggplant salad; honey cake with almond; and a beverage.

The cost is $6 for ICFRC members and $8 for non-members. Checks should be written to the ICFRC and mailed to 120 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. ICFRC must receive reservation checks by Friday, April 25, and reservations will not be taken over the phone. For more information, call ICFRC Executive Director Tom Baldridge at (319) 335-0351.

Bayat is the author of two books, "Mysticism and Dissent: Socio-religious Thought in Qajar, Iran" and "Shi'ism and the Constitutional Revolution of Iran 1905-1909." She earned a bachelor's degree in English literature from the American University in Cairo, a bachelor's in history from London University and a doctorate in history from the University of California at Los Angeles.

ICFRC is a nonprofit association which seeks to increase interest in and knowledge of world affairs and international understanding by providing members opportunities to hear many of the experts who visit the UI and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area. The group currently has about 200 members.