Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies & Dialogue

Abraham Dialogue Institute

The Institute was created to facilitate dialogue between Abrahamic faiths, with special focus on dialogue between Jewish, Christian and Muslim relations in America as well as promoting interfaith dialogue between Muslim countries and America. Our symposiums welcome participation  of scholars and graduate students from US and other countries. Through the Abrahamic Dialogue Institute, We hope that other educational institutions in America and Abroad, especially in the Middle East, will open academic centers for interfaith dialogue and will join these efforts. We welcome religious and social studies professors and graduate students to join us as visiting scholars to study and research the interfaith work at the Hickey Center and the rest. 

 Summer Courses 2020:

1. Understanding Diversity of Streams and Sects in Islam

Description

The multiplicity of socio-cultural backgrounds of Muslims exhibits different traditional practices across diverse ethnicities and cultures. The approaches to the Qur’an and understanding the Prophetic tradition varied even when the Prophet was alive, but his presence and authority kept the centrality of Islam’s unity and uniformity. Soon after his death, differences over theological, devotional, legal, social and political issues emerged dividing the community into various streams and sects in all spheres of human life. In this weeklong course, some topics of contemporary significance where Americans are most confused will be discussed.

Themes

  • July 27, Monday: The emergence of Shi`a and Sunni in early Islam and its relevance today (Dr. Etin Anwar)
  • July 28, Tuesday: The Sunni divergence: The Sunni, the Salafi, the Wahhabi , Al Qa`ida, the ISIS and the Taliban (Dr. Shalahudin Kafrawi)
  • July 29, Wednesday: The Shi`a Divergence: The Twelvers, Isma`ili,  Agha Khanis, Zaidis and the Druze  (Dr. Muhammad Shafiq)
  • July 30, Thursday, Some Revivalist “Heretical” Movements: Baha’i,  Ahmadiyya, the Nation of Islam in America (Dr. Muhammad Shafiq)
  • July 31, Friday: Woman and Gender (Dr. Etin Anwar)

Time: 2:30-4:00PM

Delivery Method: distance Learning via Zoom

Registration: email: cisd@naz.edu or mshafiq5@naz.edu

Registration fee: $29.00; scholarships are available.

Please write and mail your check to Nazareth College, Hickey Center & IIIT Chair, 4245 east Ave., Rochester, NY 14623

 

Instructors:

Dr. Etin Anwar is Professor of Religious Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY.  She mostly writes on issues of gender and Feminism in Islam.

Dr. Shalahudin Kafrawi is Chair and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY.  He teaches courses on Islam and is expert in Qur’anic exegesis.

Dr. Muhammad Shafiq is Professor & Executive Director of Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue and IIIT Interfaith Studies Chair, Nazareth College, Rochester NY.

 

 

Have Questions?

To obtain further information, please contact us by e-mail at interfaith@naz.edu.

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