A Symposium on the Role of the Sacred Texts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in Uniting and Dividing Humanity
June 23-25 2013
Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue
At a time of division and hostility, do Jews, Christians, and Muslims interpret their religious traditions - in particular, their sacred texts - in ways that intensify or reduce hostility and division? This symposium will bring together scholars to explore this question.
We encourage papers and panels that deal with the general theme of the symposium - the role of sacred texts in uniting and dividing people. This general theme may be subdivided into these three questions:
What features of these sacred texts and their interpretations divide or unite humanity?
What social, political, national, tribal, economic, and colonial contexts have affected the hermeneutics and rhetoric associated with these texts? Might levels of literacy, conceptions of gender roles, and notions of sexuality play a part?
What elements of these interpretations nourished times when Jews, Christians, and Muslims lived as good neighbors or provided a context for conflict resolution? How might those times suggest models for the future? For example, do the texts have interpretations that nourish the current interfaith movement?
We will continue our discussion in a follow-up conference in Turkey in Summer 2014, with the generous support of the Peace Islands Institute. Selected presentations will be expanded and revised, in the light of our discussions in Rochester, for presentation at Fatih University, Istanbul June 9 to 12, 2014. Further details about the 2014 conference will be added to this site as they become available.
- Ticket Information:
- Registration is required: http://www.naz.edu/interfaith-studies-and-dialogue/sacred-texts-and-human-contexts
- Contact Information:
- Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue (585) 389-2963