It was close to a full house on Wednesday evening at Hartford Seminary as Prof. Mahmoud Ayoub and the Rev. Matt Laney of Asylum Hill Congregational Church gave a joint presentation on “The Bible and the Qur’an.”
Jan 9th, 2014 by hartsem
A recording of a lecture given on October 10th, 201 by Dr. Abdulaziz Sachedina, Professor and Endowed IIIT Chair in Islamic Studies in George Mason’s Department of Religious Studies. His books include “Islamic Roots of Democratic Pluralism” and “Islam & the Challenge of Human Rights.”
Dr. Sachedina has studied in India, Iraq, Iran and Canada and obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He has been conducting research and writing in the field of Islamic Law, Ethics, and Theology (Sunni and Shiite) for more than two decades. In the last ten years, he has concentrated on social and political ethics, including interfaith and interfaith relations, Islamic biomedical ethics, and Islam and human rights.
Nov 18th, 2013 by hartsem
May 3rd, 2013 by hartsem
Addressed to the City of Hartford.
The woman Babylon in the Book of Revelation has had more than her share of violence, both in the Christian Bible, as well as in the scholarly writings about her text. Having the name, “Babylon,” she is automatically negatively perceived before one gets a chance to know her. Yet the woman Babylon is so much more than her name. She is so much more than a female-gendered metaphor for a city - representing the Roman Empire - that will be overturned by God’s Empire. She just may be more akin to us than we would ever dare to imagine. By reading the woman Babylon’s text from a postcolonial womanist perspective, the Reverend Dr. Shanell T. Smith will highlight the woman Babylon’s simultaneous ambivalent identification as a “brothel slavewoman” and as an “empress/imperial city.” She will then discuss how the woman Babylon incites tension within her because she reflects ever so sharply her continual conflicting reality of being simultaneously a victim of, and participant in, empire. Certainly, by the looks of Hartford, she is not alone.
Apr 4th, 2013 by hartsem
A discussion between Mahmoud Ayoub, author of “A Muslim View of Christianity,” and Thomas F. Michel, author of “A Christian View of Islam.” The two longtime colleagues will share a dialogue about their respective books and the subject matter of how Christians view Islam and how Muslims view Christianity. Topics to be covered range from the need for dialogue, approaches to interreligious dialogue, Muslims and Christians in history, Muslim-Christian dialogue in the modern period, critical issues in Christian and Muslim theology, holiness in Christianity and Islam, and the Bible, the Qur'an and ecology.
Dec 7th, 2012 by hartsem
The history of the relationship between Sunnism and Shi’ism goes back to the death of the Prophet Muhammad. This long history will be surveyed with the goal of facilitating better understanding of the present day relations between Sunnism and Shi ‘ism. There also will be an account of the manipulation for political interests of Sunni-Shi’ite differences by forces both internal and external to the Islamic world. Finally, with consideration of both accord and discord that exists in different areas between Sunnism and Shi’ism, attention will be paid to the future of this relationship and the impact it is likely to have within the Islamic world itself and in its relation to the West.
The Willem A. Bijlefeld Lecture, named after the first director of the Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, brings a distinguished scholar to campus for a public presentation on Islam or Christian-Muslim relations to promote interreligious understanding and mutual respect in the local, national and world communities.
Seyyed Hossain Nasr is University Professor of Islamic Studies at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Nasr was born in Tehran, Iran in a family of educators and scholars. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied physics and mathematics, and received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in the history of science and philosophy with specialization in Islamic cosmology and science. From 1958 to 1979, he was a professor at Tehran University and for several years the dean of the Faculty of Letters and the vice chancellor of the University. He also served as president of Aryamehr University in Iran. In 1964-65, Dr. Nasr was the first Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Studies at the American University of Beirut. In 1979 Dr. Nasr migrated to the United States where he became Distinguished Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Utah, then Professor of Islamic Studies at Temple University. In 1984, he joined the faculty at George Washington University.
Dr. Nasr has lectured widely throughout the United States, Western Europe, most of the Islamic world, India, Australia and Japan. He has given several major lectures such as the Azad Memorial Lecture in India, the Iqbal Lecture in Pakistan, the Charles Strong Memorial Lecture in Australia, the Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and the Cadbury Lectures at Birmingham University in England. Dr. Nasr is the author of more than fifty books and more than 500 articles.
Nov 28th, 2012 by hartsem
One of the most intriguing and challenging puzzles of the recent revolution in Syria is the stance of the Syrian minorities, in general, and the Syrian Christians, in specific. Many observers fail to perceive the exact kernel of the Christians’ view on the struggle in Syria, and they wonder why Christians seem to be completely silent and hardly participating in the revolution’s events. In this lecture, Dr. Najeeb Awad will attempt to show that the Christians are neither silent nor indifferent to the Syrian Spring, and will shed light on the real essence of the Christians’ stance on the Syrian revolution. He will discuss how the Christians’ main concern is the question of the country’s future. The lecture will explain the Christians’ serious concerns, if not their fears, about the future of interreligious relationships in the country, and why they think that a serious dialogue between the minorities and the Sunni majority in the country over the future of the Syrian state and society may not actually take place or be possible.
Najib Award joined the faculty at Hartford Seminary in August, as Associate Professor of Christian Theology. Born in Lattakia, Syria, he is the first Syrian Protestant Arab systematic theologian. Previously he was Lecturer in Systematic and Contextual/Intercultural Theology in the Intercultural Theology program of Göttingen University in Germany. He also was a Visiting Fellow for a year at Yale Divinity School in 2008-2009. Awad has a Bachelor of Arts from the Near East School of Theology, Beirut Lebanon, and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from King’s College, London. He is the author of three books: “God without a Face? On the Personal Individuation of the Holy Spirit”; “God, Man and Evil: A Theologico-Existential Study”; and “The Passion Narrative in the Gospel of Matthew: A Historico-Narrative Criticism” Most recently he finished writing a contextual theology manuscript on the Arab Spring and the role of Arab Christians in the future of the Near East.
This talk presents an analysis of how Hinduism began with an abstract concept of the One Supreme Being and ended embracing a large number of gods and goddesses. It argues that this concept is fundamental and is still preserved, worship of multiple deities notwithstanding.
Dr. Amrutur Venkatachar “Sheenu” Srinivasan is an engineering and management consultant who has deep interests in religion and politics. He served two terms on the Glastonbury, CT, Town Council and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Connecticut Innovations. In 1979, he helped found the Connecticut Valley Hindu Temple Society in Middletown, CT. He has functioned as a Hindu priest for four decades, performing a wide variety of Hindu religious ceremonies of worship, weddings, housewarmings, and bhajans or kirtans. His publication, “The Vedic Wedding: Origins, Tradition and Practice,” won the USA Book News 2007 Best Book Award in the category of Eastern Religions. In 2011, he published “Hinduism for Dummies.” A popular writer and speaker, Srinivasan has presented numerous papers on a variety of cultural, social and religious issues in the United States and India