“What is Authentic Islam? Debating Diversity and Extremism” is the title of a lecture to be delivered April 19 (Friday) at the University of Notre Dame by Vincent Cornell, professor of history and director of the King Fahd Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies at the University of Arkansas.p. Cornell’s talk will be held in the Hesburgh Library’s Carey Auditorium at 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Now in his second year at Arkansas, Cornell is a nationally recognized scholar in Islamic studies whose expertise extends across the field ? from Islamic history to theology to law. His 1998 book “Realm of the Saint: Power and Authority in Moroccan Sufism” has been praised as the “most significant study of the Sufi tradition in Islam to have appeared in the last two decades.”p. Cornell has won two Fulbright scholarships for research in Morocco and Malaysia and two grants from the U.S. Information Agency to direct overseas summer programs in Cairo.p. Before joining the Arkansas faculty, Cornell taught and conducted research for nine years at Duke University. He previously served on the faculties of Northwestern University and the University of Georgia. He earned his doctorate from UCLA.p. Cornell’s lecture is sponsored by the Program in Middle East Studies, Program in Religion and Literature, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and Muslim Students Association.