Christians and Muslims Face to Face in the World of Islam: Notes for a Conversation in the Twenty-First Century

Lecture by Dr. Sidney Griffith, professor and chairman of the Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages, Catholic University of America

Date & Time:

Thursday, September 26, 2013
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM


Woulfe Alumni Hall North, Anderson Student Center
Saint Paul Campus

In the first part of his talk, Professor Griffith looked back at the long history of Muslims and Christians living together in the Islamic world, highlighting three features of their life together: cultural assimilation; interreligious colloquy; and the Islamochristian cultivation of philosophy.

In the second part of the talk he explored what lessons for Christian/Muslim relations in the twenty-first century we might take from a look at the past, now that Jews, Christians, and Muslims live together all over the world, and here in the USA.

Sidney H. Griffith is professor in The Catholic University of America's Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures, where his responsibilities are primarily in Syriac Patrology and Christian Arabic Religious Thought.  His most recent books are: The Church in the Shadow of the Mosque: Christians and Muslims in the World of Islam (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2008) and The Bible in Arabic: The Scriptures of the 'People of the Book' in the Language of Islam (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2013).

Co-sponsored by the Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center and the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning

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