SEMINAR MEDIA2011 Building Bridges Seminar, Qatar (Picasa Album)
The sequence of photographs above (for which we are most grateful to Nicola Green) records a number of moments at the seminar in May 2011 seminar.
The Building Bridges Seminar
2011 Building Bridges Seminar, Qatar
The theme of the tenth Building Bridges Seminar, which was held in May 2011 at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Doha, Qatar, was "Prayer: Christian and Muslim Perspectives." On the first day of the seminar public lectures addressed the following topics: theological understandings of prayer in the two faiths; the practice of prayer; and mutual perceptions – how does Christian prayer appear to Muslims, and vice versa? On the second and third days participants engaged in detailed discussion in private sessions, focusing on scriptural texts concerning prayer and on how Muslims and Christians learn to pray. The proceedings of the seminar will be published in due course.
>> Review article by David Marshall on the May 2011 Building Bridges in Doha: Prayer: Christian and Muslim Perspectives
>> Review article by David Marshall on the May 2011 Building Bridges in Doha: Prayer: Christian and Muslim Perspectives
Tenth Building Bridges Sourcebook
April 27, 2011
The sourcebook for the tenth Building Bridges seminar, held at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar in 2011 on the theme "Prayer: Christian and Muslim Perspectives," includes selected scriptural texts related to prayer; a collection of Christian and Islamic writings on prayer; and personal reflections on prayer written by the seminar participants. A PDF is available below.>> PDF
Muhammad A. S. Abdel Haleem
Muhammad A. S. Abdel Haleem is King Fahd Professor of Islamic Studies and Director of the Centre for Islamic Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies of London University, as well as editor of the Journal of Qur’anic Studies. Born in Egypt, he learned the Qur’an by heart during childhood. Haleem has published two translations of the Qur'an, The Qur'an: English Translation with Parallel Arabic Text (2010) and The Qur'an: A New Translation (2004). He has also published several other works in this field, including Understanding the Qur’an: Themes and Style (2001) and, together with Elsaid M. Badawi, Arabic-English Dictionary of Qur’anic Usage (2008).
Asma Afsaruddin is professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is the author and editor of four books, including The First Muslims: History and Memory (2008) and Excellence and Precedence: Medieval Islamic Discourse on Legitimate Leadership (1999). She has also written several articles on pluralism in Islamic thought, interfaith relations, war and peace in the Islamic tradition, and gender issues. A recipient of grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation, Afsaruddin is currently completing a manuscript on jihad and martyrdom in Islamic thought and practice, forthcoming from Oxford University Press. She is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy. Afsaruddin earned her Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University and previously taught at the University of Notre Dame and Harvard University.
Akintunde Akinade is a visiting professor of Theology at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He serves on the editorial board of The Muslim World, Religions/Adyan, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, Trinity Journal of Church and Theology, and The Living Pulpit. He is also the book review editor for the Journal of World Christianity. Within the American Academy of Religion, he serves on the Committee on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession. He is the editor of A New Day: Essays on World Christianity in Honor of Lamin Sanneh (2010). He has also co-edited Creativity and Change in Nigerian Christianity with David Ogungbile (2010) and The Agitated Mind of God with Dale Irvin (1996). He earned his B.A. in Religious Studies from Obafemi Awolowo University, M.Div. from Southern Methodist University, and M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
Seyed Amir Akrami
Seyed Amir Akrami was until recently a Lecturer at the Al-Mahdi Institute in Birmingham, England. He is a member of the academic board of the Institute for Interreligious Dialogue, a non-governmental organization based in Iran, and has served as Secretary for Inter-Religious Dialogue at the Organisation for Islamic Culture and Communication in Tehran. His research interests include Islamic philosophy and inter-religious relations. Akrami holds a BA in Islamic Studies, MA in Religion and Mysticism, and PhD in the philosophy of religion.
Caner Dagli is an assistant professor in Religious Studies at the College of the Holy Cross. He previously taught at Roanoke College in Virginia. Dagli serves as a general editor for the HarperCollins Study Quran (forthcoming). Born in the US, Dagli is of Ciracassian descent and has done fieldwork in Turkey. He also spent a year working as Special Advisor to the Royal Hashemite Court of Jordan for Interfaith Affairs from 2006-2007. Among his works is The Ringstone of Wisdom (2004), published by Great Books of the Islamic World. Dagli holds a MA from George Washington University's Department of Religion and a PhD from Princeton University's Department of Near Eastern Studies and was a 2004-2005 Fulbright scholar. Dagli was one of the 138 Muslim signatories in October 2007 of A Common Word Between Us and You, a letter addressed to Christian leaders in an appeal for peace and cooperation between the two world religions.
Susan Eastman is associate professor of the Practice of Bible and Christian Formation at Duke Divinity School. Her scholarly focus is on Paul’s letters in relationship to the formation of Christian identity through the life of the local church. She is the author of Recovering Paul’s Mother Tongue: Language and Theology in Galatians (2007), as well as numerous articles and conference papers. Eastman holds a B.A. from Pomona College, M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, and Ph.D. from Duke University.
David Ford is an Anglican theologian and Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, where he has taught since 1991. He is also the Director of the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme and Fellow of Selwyn College. Previously Ford taught for 15 years at the University of Birmingham. His work in the area of Christian theology has been inspired by post-liberal and narrative theology. Ford is one of the founders of Scriptural Reasoning and has been extensively involved in generating new modes of engagement for inter-faith relations in the post-9/11 world. He is the author of (among others) Christian Wisdom: Desiring God and Learning in Love (2007) and co-editor of The Promise of Scriptural Reasoning (2006), and Fields of Faith: Theology and Religious Studies for the Twenty-First Century (2005).
Lucy Gardner is a tutor in Christian Doctrine at St. Stephen's House, University of Oxford, where she has taught since 1993. She was ordained priest in the Church of England in June 2013, following her ordination as deacon in 2012. She studied theology at St John’s College, Oxford, and Bonn University, and her research interests include Schleiermacher, Balthasar, and feminist theology.
Timothy J. Gianotti has served on the faculties of the University of Virginia, the University of Oregon, and Penn State University, and most recently has served both York University and the Noor Cultural Centre (Toronto) as the York-Noor Fellow in Arabic & Islamic Studies. He holds degrees from Notre Dame and the University of Toronto. His scholarly research and writing reflect a fascination with the soul, especially as understood by the classical Islamic philosophical, theological, and spiritual traditions. Because this study of the soul naturally leads to the larger “worlds” of the state, the cosmos, and, ultimately, the Hereafter, the arenas of ethics, moral theology and education, politics, and eschatology all factor into his preoccupation with human nature. His publications include Al-Ghazali’s Unspeakable Doctrine of the Soul (2001) and In the Light of a Blessed Tree: Illuminations of Islamic Belief, Practice, and History (forthcoming).
Muhammad K. Khalifa is Professor of Comparative Religions at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, Qatar Foundation. He studied Oriental Studies at Cairo University and Comparative Religions at Temple University, where he earned his PhD. Prior to his present appointment he has taught at Cairo University, al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University in Saudi Arabia, and the International Islamic University, Islamabad. His areas of specialization include comparative religions, Oriental studies (Semitic Languages, Orientalism, and ancient Near Eastern civilizations and religions. He has published over 20 books and numerous articles and is a member of several academic associations, including the Higher Committee for the Translation of the Meanings of the Holy Qur’an, King Fahd Complex for the Publication of the Holy Qur’an, Madina.
Father Daniel Madigan S.J., an Australian Jesuit priest, is the Jeanette W. and Otto J. Ruesch Family Associate Professor and director of Graduate Studies in Georgetown University’s Department of Theology, where he has worked since 2008. He is also a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center and the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. His main teaching and research interests are Qur’anic studies and interreligious dialogue, with a special focus on Muslim-Christian relations. Madigan previously taught in Rome from 2000 to 2007, where he was the founder and director of the Institute for the Study of Religions and Cultures at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He has also taught as a visiting professor at Columbia University, Ankara University, Boston College, and Central European University. He is the author of The Qur’an’s Self-Image: Writing and Authority in Islam's Scripture (2001).
Jane McAuliffe is the president of Bryn Mawr College, a position she has held since 2008. Previously, she had been Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgetown University, where she was appointed Dean in 1999. McAuliffe has also taught at the University of Toronto and Emory University, where she also served as Associate Dean for the Candler School of Theology. She is a scholar of Islam, specializing on the Qur’an and its exegesis. She is a past president of the American Academy of Religion and the author of numerous publications, including The Qur’an: A Norton Critical Edition (forthcoming), Qur’ānic Christians: An Analysis of Classical and Modern Exegesis (1991), and The Encyclopaedia of the Qur’ān (2001-2006, general editor). McAuliffe holds a BA from Trinity College (Washington, DC) and MA and PhD from the University of Toronto.
Ibrahim Mogra serves as chairman of the Mosque and Community Affairs Committee of the Muslim Council of Britain and co-chair of the Christian Muslim Forum. He is also a member of the European Council of Religious Leaders, a member of the advisory board of the Three Faiths Forum, chairman of Religions for Peace UK, and a member of the Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace. Mogra has an Alimiyyah degree from Darul Uloom Al-Arabiyyah Al-Islamiyyah, Holcombe, Lancashire, UK; a Licentiate from al-Azhar University, Cairo; and a Master's degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Dheen Mohamed is associate dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Sharia and Islamic Studies at Qatar University. He is a native of Sri Lanka, where he did his initial Islamic studies before enrolling at al-Azhar University in Cairo, where he obtained Bachelor's and Master's degrees. He also received his doctorate in Comparative Religion from al-Azhar.
Lucinda Allen Mosher is faculty associate for Interfaith Studies at Hartford Seminary, where she coordinates an initiative on religious leadership in multifaith contexts, directs the Multifaith Chaplaincy Program, and teaches courses on Christian-Muslim engagement. She is also the assistant academic director of the Building Bridges Seminar. A lecturer at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, she taught its annual Worldviews Seminar from 2002 to 2012. As a senior fellow at Auburn Seminary, she researches multifaith dimensions of religious-leadership training in the United States. She is the author of Toward Our Mutual Flourishing: The Episcopal Church, Interreligious Relations, and Theologies of Religious Manyness (2012); the Faith in the Neighborhood book series on America’s religious diversity (2005, 2006, 2007), and articles and chapters on multifaith issues generally or Christian-Muslim concerns specifically. She received her Doctor of Theology degree from General Theological Seminary (New York City). In 2008, she penned the Episcopal Church’s response to the pan-Muslim initiative A Common Word.
Michael Plekon is Professor of Sociology/Anthropology in the Program in Religion & Culture at Baruch College of the City University of New York. He has published extensively on persons of faith and the shapes of holiness in our time, most notably Living Icons: People of Faith in the Eastern Church and Holiness in Our Time (2002), Hidden Holiness (2009), and Saints as they really are...--American Voices, Lives and Paths to Holiness (forthcoming 2013). He has also edited and translated contemporary theologians such as Elisabeth Behr-Sigel, Paul Evdokimov, and Nicholas Afanasiev on ecumenical work, spirituality, and liturgy in modern society. He is a priest of the Orthodox Church in America, an associate at St. Gregory the Theologian parish, Wappingers Falls, NY. Peter L. Berger was his teacher.
Sajjad Rizvi is Associate Professor of Islamic Intellectual History and Director of Education at the University of Exeter. His research interests include post-Avicennan philosophical, theological, and mystical traditions and Qur'anic exegesis and textual hermeneutics. Rizvi did post-graduate work at the Institute of Ismaili Studies and previously taught at the University of Bristol. His publications include Mulla Sadra and the Later Islamic Philosophical Tradition (2010), Mulla Sadra and Metaphysics: Modulation of Being (2009), and Mulla Sadra Shirazi: His Life, Works and Sources for Safavid Philosophy (2007); Rizvi is also working on a manuscript tentatively titled God, Time and Creation: Islamic Philosophical Theology after Avicenna and writes the blog "Hikmat." Rizvi received his BA and MA degrees from Oxford and his PhD from Cambridge.
Philip Seddon has just retired after forty years’ ordained ministry in the Church of England. After a curacy in the Diocese of Manchester, he specialized in Biblical Studies and Christian Spirituality, and taught at Trinity Theological College, Umuahia, Nigeria with the Church Mission Society, and St. John's College, Nottingham. Following a Chaplaincy at Magdalene College, Cambridge, he lectured in the Selly Oak Colleges, then in the University of Birmingham, and most recently in the Southern Theological and Educational Training Scheme in Salisbury, where he was Director of Vocational Studies. His MPhil investigated the Qumran document 11QMelchizedek. He co-edited The Lord of the Journey: A Reader in Christian Spirituality (1990), and has written a number of Grove booklets, the first and last of which have been Darkness (1983/1992) and Redeeming Eros: Reading the Song of Songs (2010).
Recep Senturk is a professor of Sociology at Fatih University in Istanbul, where he has worked since 2006. Senturk previously taught at the Art Institute of Pittsburg, Rensellar Polytechnic Institute, and Emory University Law School. He has published in English, Turkish, and Arabic, including numerous journal articles and Narrative Social Structure: Anatomy of the Hadith Transmission Network, 610-1505 (2005). Senturk earned his B.A. from Marmara University, M.A. from Istanbul University, and Ph.D. at Columbia University.
Reza Shah-Kazemi is a research associate at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, and was the founding editor of the Islamic World Report. He is also the author of Paths to Transcendence: According to Shankara, Ibn Arabi, and Meister Eckhart (2006) and The Other in the Light of the One: The Universality of the Qur'an and Interfaith Dialogue (2006). Additionally, Shah-Kazemi has contributed to several volumes on Muslim spirituality. He is currently editing a Persian-to-English translation of the Great Islamic Encyclopedia. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Religion from the University of Kent and has studied at Sussex and Exeter Universities. Shah-Kazemi was one of the original signatories of A Common Word Between Us and You, a letter addressed to Christian leaders by Muslim leaders in an appeal for peace and cooperation between the two religions.
Samy Shehata is a priest in the Anglican Church in Egypt, serving as Dean of the Pro-Cathedral of St. Mark in Alexandria. He has a doctorate in Theology from Birmingham University in the United Kingdom.
Philip Sheldrake is a senior research fellow in the Cambridge Theological Federation and honorary professor at the University of Wales. He is also regularly a visiting professor in the United States. Previously Leech Professor of Applied Theology at Durham University, he earlier taught at Cambridge and London University. He trained in history, philosophy, and theology at the universities of Oxford and London. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts & Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He has been closely involved in the development of Christian spirituality as an academic field and is past president of the international Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. He has written or edited eleven books, translated into several languages, predominantly on the interface of spirituality, theology, and religious history. He studied Indian religions in India, has written on religious reconciliation, and is on the committee of the Guerrand-Hermès Forum for the Interreligious Study of Spirituality & Mysticism.
Mona Siddiqui is professor of Islamic and inter-religious studies and assistant principal for religion and society at the University of Edinburgh. She researches classical Islamic law, contemporary law and ethics, and Christian-Muslim relations. Siddiqui is the chair of the BBC's Scottish Religious Advisory Committee and is a regular broadcaster and commentator on radio and other media. She is a member of the Commission on Scottish Devolution and the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Islam-West Dialogue. Her publications include How to Read the Qur’an (2007), Islam (2010), The Good Muslim (2012), and Christians, Muslims and Jesus (2013), as well as numerous articles, essays, and opinion pieces. Siddiqui received her Ph.D. from the University of Manchester in 1992 and holds three honorary doctorates.
Janet Soskice is professor of Philosophical Theology and a fellow of Jesus College at the University of Cambridge. Soskice has been president of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain and is currently president of the Society for the Study of Theology and a supporter of the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology. Her research interests include Jewish-Christian relations and Anglican-Roman Catholic ecumenical discussions. Her many publications include Sisters of Sinai: How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Lost Gospels (2009) and Metaphor and Religious Language(1985). Soskice holds a B.A. from Cornell University, M.A. from the University of Sheffield, and D.Phil. from Oxford University.
Michael Welker is the Alonzo L. McDonald Senior Fellow in Law and Religion at the University of Heidelberg, where he is also the chair for Systematic Theology and the director of the university's Research Center for International and Interdisciplinary Theology. Welker is a world-renowned theologian who works through the biblical traditions and through philosophical and sociological theories to address questions of contemporary culture. He focuses on the interplay among religious, legal, moral, scientific, and other cultural codes that shape the ethos of the postmodern world. He is ordained in the Protestant Church of Palatinate, Germany, and he has published three hundred articles and authored or edited forty-five books. His most recent publication is The Science and Theology Dialogue: What Can Theology Contribute? (2012).
Fr Timothy Wright, OSB is the spiritual director for the Pontifical Beda College in Rome. He was previously the Abbot of Ampleforth Abbey (part of the Order of St. Benedict) in North Yorkshire, England from 1997-2005. As Ampleforth's abbot Wright spearheaded its sponsorship of Catholic-Shi’a dialogue, conducted in cooperation with the Heythrop Centre for Christianity and Inter-religious Dialogue at the University of London and the Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute in Qom, Iran.
Jihad Youssef is a monk of al-Khalil monastic community, Deir Mar Musa el-Habashi, Syria, a community dedicated to the love of Jesus for Islam and Muslims. He works on the dialogue between the two religions to build harmony and friendship. He has a Baccalaureate in philosophy and theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, and is now studying at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome.