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Seminar Religious Culture in the Middle East — A Complex Question
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.
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Faculty Mentworking Luncheon
Come eat lunch with the female faculty in your department.
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Religious Culture in the Middle East — A Complex Question
n 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.
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