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Hartford Seminary

An Evening of Conversation with Professors Mahmoud Ayoub and Thomas F. Michel

March 13th, 2013 @ 7:00pm

Join us for a special evening of 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.

There will be a book signing following the conversation. The books will be for sale $30 each or both for $50.

Mahmoud Ayoub is Faculty Associate in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary. Previously, he was a Professor and Director of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religion, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Throughout his academic career, Dr. Ayoub has received distinguished awards and scholarships, both for his achievements and researches. He is the author of a number of books including ?Redemptive Suffering in Islam? and ? The Qur?an and Its Interpreters.?

Father Thomas F. Michel, SJ, is Senior Fellow at the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. In 1981, Fr. Michel began work in the Vatican?s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, where he became Head of the office for relations with Muslims. He remained in the Vatican office for 13 years, until 1994, during which time he spent four years teaching an introduction to Christian theology in universities in Turkey. Between 1994 and 2008 Fr. Michel served as Executive Secretary for the Office of Interreligious and Ecumenical Affairs, based in Bangkok, Thailand, and as Secretary for Interreligious Dialogue for the Jesuits, based in Rome.

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