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Religious Culture in the Middle East — A Complex Question


11/3/2017 at 10:00AM


11/3/2017 at 11:00AM


258 Fitzpatrick Hall


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Peter Kilpatrick

Peter Kilpatrick

Phone: 574-631-5534
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College of Engineering Dean Emeritus of the College of Engineering
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Dean Emeritus of the College of Engineering
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In this seminar, we describe briefly the history and cultural background of the Middle East, including the common values and principles of both Christian and Muslim teaching.  As many know, Christians and Muslims have lived peacefully together in the Middle East for many centuries and it is largely only in recent years that religious extremism has become a serious and ongoing challenge.  We also describe the attitudes of higher religious authorities of the differing Islamic religious communities and the actions they have taken.  We conclude with an analysis of the common basis for cohabitation of religious communities within a society of a different culture in the Middle East.  The analysis is very relevant to the current situations in Egypt, Syria, Iran, and Iraq, among other nation states.  The understanding of the current situation requires taking a long view of the history of the Middle East and exploring the events and attitudes of the last millennium. Interestingly, Christian and Muslim teachings have far more in common than areas in which they diverge and many Christians and Muslims still live peacefully together in the Middle East.  Nonetheless, extremist groups and their attitudes towards different religious Islamic communities have done much to damage relations both among Muslims and between Muslims and Christians.  These issues will all be discussed within the context of how to build a foundation for shared culture and communities in the 21st century.

Seminar Speaker:

Prof. Anzelm Sz. Szuromi

Prof. Anzelm Sz. Szuromi

Pázmány Péter Catholic University (PPCU) in Budapest

Prof. Anzelm Sz. Szuromi was born in Budapest, Hungary (Europe), on October 31, 1972. He received his B.A., J.C.D. and S.Th.D. degrees all from the Pázmány Péter Catholic University (PPCU) in Budapest.  In 2006, he was appointed Full Professor and President of the Canon Law Institute at PPCU. In 2010, he was appointed Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.  In 2011, he assumed the Rectorship (Presidency) of PPCU. Since that time, he has built strong research and cultural collaborations with Muslim and Christian scholars in Egypt, Syria, and Iraq. Since 2006, he has served as Chairman of the Hungarian Canon Law Association.  He also serves since 2013 as Chairman of the International Canon Law History Center in Budapest. He is a Member of the Academia Europaea (London, since 2015);  and holds an honorary doctorate from the Armenian State Pedagogical University after Khachatur Abovyan (Yerevan).

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