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Sacred Texts and Human Contexts

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Ar-Raniry State Islamic University, Banda Aceh, Indonesia




In cooperation with

Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY

 is pleased to announce

 An international symposium on

Sacred Texts and Human Contexts: Nature and Environment  in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam


 Sacred Text Poster - Book.jpg

May 24-26, 2016 at

 University, Indonesia

Followed by 3 days  Site Visits to Historical Places in Indonesia


The  growing industrialization, power greed with modern technological warfare and nuclear armaments have  a grave impact  on the destruction of nature and environment to the extent that  many scholars believe that human welfare is at peril or even our life on earth is in great danger. We  are facing issues of sustainability, global warming and reduction in bio-diversity. The current environmental catastrophe challenges religious communities to address such issues.

Our international conference will elaborate how  Jews, Christians and Muslims view and interpret their sacred texts in reference to nature and environment throughout  their religious history.  We invite you to our 3rd international symposium  at which we seek to explore the sacred duty of Abrahamic religions  in protection of nature and environment. Please submit your proposals for a presentation or panel, or as questions you hope to see this symposium should address. We encourage submissions from scientists, historians as well as scholars in religious and Islamic studies in particular.

Some Foundational Questions

  •  How do the religious traditions apply their historic calls for the management and protection of nature and environment?
  • How do scholars interpret those verses in the Abrahamic traditions that support  the domination of nature on one hand and verses that call for stewardship of nature on the other?
  • How do scholars respond to the growing biological and nuclear armament  and modern warfare?
  • What roles have been played and can be played by faith communities  in enhancing protection of nature and environment?
  • How do women in faith communities respond to the contemporary environmental catastrophes? 

Below find links to pages describing more fully the important aspects of the Conference:

Conference Topics and Process for Submitting Proposals



Who We Are - The sponsoring entities

Planning Committee

Turkey:  Area sights Attractions

Sacred Text Poster

Sacred Text Poster 2016.pdf



The conference is administered by  Nazareth College, Brian and Jean Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue, Rochester, NY, hosted by the Ar-Raniry State Islamic University, Banda Aceh, Indonesia, and co-sponsored by Department of Religious Studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY.

Institutional partners include: The Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Dialogue Institute at Temple University, Department of Religion at the Chautauqua Institutions,   Catholic-Muslim Studies Program at Catholic Theological Union (Chicago), College of Arts and Sciences and Department of Religious Studies at Nazareth College,


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