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 Note: The schedule is  under construction.  As proposals for talks and panels are received, the plenary sessions may be readjusted.

Sacred Texts and Human Contexts: Poverty and Wealth in the Sacred Texts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Faith University, Istanbul

June 9 and 10, 2014

Monday June 9, 2014

Opening Remarks: 8:30am


1.      Sarif Ali Tekalan, President Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey

2.      Daan Braveman,  President Nazareth College of Rochester, NY  USA

3.      Murat Kaval, Peace Islands Institute

4.      Muhammad Shafiq, Professor and Executive Director, Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and dialogue                         Dialogue, Nazareth College of Rochester, USA



1.    Concurrent Sessions: 10:30-12pm


A.     Wealth and Poverty and Sufi dimensions


Hassam S. Timani: “Wealth, Poverty, and the Doctrine of Fana’ in the Islamic Scripture”


Ismail K. Poonawala: “Wealth and Poverty in the Epistles of the Brethren of Purity (Rasā’il    Ikhwān al-Ṣafā)”


Zeki Saritoprak: “The Story of Koran”


B.     Wealth and Poverty and Philanthropy


        Kenan Cetinkaya: “The Relationship between Faith and Charity in the Bible and the Qur’an”


       Vanessa Avery: “Idolatry and Greed:  Jewish Tzedakah as the Solution to the Mimetics of  Money”


      Mehnaz Afridi: “Charity, Zakat and Tzedakeh:  Can Religion alleviate poverty?”


     Cihat Seker: “The Relationship Between Tzedakah and Salvation in Judaism”



Break: Lunch and prayers: 12:00-1:30pm


2.     Concurrent Sessions: 1:30-3:00pm


A.     Wealth and Poverty and issues in Globalization


        Andrii Krawchuk: “Orthodox Christian and Muslim Teachings on Wealth and Poverty: the Quest ffor Collaboration on Economic Justice in Russia”


       Jason Rekon: “A Christian-Muslim Critique of Globalization: Addressing an Impoverished Egypt”


      Regina A. Boisclair: “Lectionary Readings on Poverty and Affluence in the Eastern and Western CChurches”


B.     Reassessing Sacred Texts


 Nadine Dawson: “The Sacred Texts in context with the New Role of Religions in World Affairs: Political,                Affairs: Political, Economical and Social stability”


Richard Salter: “Sacred texts and secular civil religions:  Examples from the US and Argentina”


 John McCarthy: “Too Sacred Texts Too Sacred religion”


3.     Concurrent Sessions: 3:15: 4:45pm


A.     Sacred Texts and Gender Justice


 Suraiya IT: “The Position of Women on Wealth and Poverty in Islamic Tradition”


Zainab Alwani: “Social and Gender Justice in the Qur’an: Modern Challenges”


B.     Sacred texts and Business and Economic Dimensions


Bahauddeen Hudawi: “The Qur’anic concept of business: A review on the current economy”


 Marinus Iwuchukwu: “Promoting Dialogue of Action Among Abrahamic Religions toward  better Social and Economic Welfare of Citizens.”


Adem Carroll: “Wall Street Poverty and Wealth”


C.     Sacred texts and Economic Justice


Imam Ali Siddiqui: “Interfaith Cooperation is Critical to Achieve Economic Justice in the 21st Century”

Robert Dunbar:  “The Compassion and Mercy of God as Expressed in the Abrahamic Faiths

  Clare Amos: “Overflowing riches: generosity, divine and human”


       Susan K. Harrison: “Wealth and Salvation in Abrahamic Faiths”

Dinner and Keynote Speaker: 6:30pm, Dinner Keynote Speaker: Prof. Dr. Mohamed Bakari , An Phonologist of Bantu Languages, African Literature and African Languages as well as Islam in the Contemporary world


Tuesday June 10, 2014


4.    Concurrent Session: Keynote panel 9:00-10:30am


A.     Sacred texts, Theology and Social Vision

Reuven Firestone: Wealth: “Theology and Social Vision and Examination of the Role of Wealth in  the Visions of Society and Community between the Hebrew Bible and Qur’an”

Jamal Badawi:  “Zakah in the Islamic Sacred texts and human context”

Leonard Swidler: “Wealth and Poverty: A Christian Response”


5.    Concurrent Sessions: 10:45AM- 12:15pm


A.     Sacred Texts and Care for the Needy


       Michael Calabria: “Mughal Munificence: Care and Concern for the Poor in Islamic Hindustan f from Tuladan to the Taj”


     Ghada Abdel Monien El-Gemaiey: “Social solidarity foundation in middle age Between inscription ttexts and the value”


              Steve Kepnes: “The Face of the Poor is the Face of God”


B.     Distribution of Wealth


              Daniel Lehrman: “Wealth and Poverty of Spirit and Manna”


            Muzammil Siddiqi: “Money as a Blessing and as a Trust”


             Thomas Decker: “Job 19 - Agents of God’s Malfeasance?”


C.      Wealth and Poverty in the Sacred Text

             Abdullah Allheedan: “View of Poverty and Wealth in Islamic texts and its effects on material wellbeing”


            Dr. Abdul Majid Khan: “Concept and processes of Wealth and Poverty in the light of Islamic Tradition”


          Mehnaz Afridi: “Charity, Zakat and Tzedakeh:  Can Religion alleviate poverty?”


          George Heyman: “The Widow’s Mite (Mark 12:41-44) and Christian Zakat (Al-Baqarah 2:271)”



Lunch Break and Prayers: 12:15: 1:30pm


6.    Concurrent Sessions: 1:30- 3:00pm


A.     Sacred Texts and Ethics of Human Welfare


Douglas Jacobsen and Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen: “The Parable of the Good Samaritan: Connecting UnUniversities with Basic Human Needs”


 Musharraf Hussain: “Scientific studies on the effects of practicing moral and spiritual values on   human welfare; is this a new way of promoting human relationships?”


 Azeez Badmus: “Values and Ethics in the Islamic Labour Services: It’s Effects on Economic Growth of a Man”


Sheila E. McGinn: "What stories from sacred scriptures illuminate judgments about how to treat wealth and poverty?"




B.     Sacred Texts and property and Pity in Abrahamic Religions


Alexander Scott: “Ghulam Haider Aasi” Panel presentation


7.    Concurrent Sessions: 3:15: 4:45PM


A.     Sacred Texts and liberation Theology


       Denise Yarbrough: “Mary’s Magnificat, the Anawim and Church on the Margins”


      Josh Mugler: “The People of the ‘Land without a People’: Liberation Theology in Palestine”


B.     Poverty and Violence


Ag Kosseim: “Violent crimes and poverty: Interfaith cooperation”


Mustafa Y. Ali: “Overcoming Barriers to Countering Violent Extremism and Terrorism”


Nazir Khawja: “Overcoming the Limits of the Past to Create a Much Different Future”



Dinner and Keynote: 6:30pm


Closing Remarks and Sufi Music: 8:30pm

 Turkey Sites Tour: June 11-15, 2014, Istanbul, Izmir and Cappadocia















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