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Sacred Texts and Human Contexts



In cooperation with

 is pleased to announce

 An international symposium on

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


 Sacred Text Poster - Book.jpg

Conference June 9-10, 2014


Fatih University, Istanbul Turkey

and  Site Visits to sacred spaces in Turkey

June 11-15, 2014


At a time of this growing gap between rich and poor, how do  Jews, Christians and Muslims view and interpret their sacred texts in reference to poverty and wealth throughout  their religious history.      We invite you to our second international symposium  at which we seek to explore the role of Abrahamic religions in the dynamic relationship between wealth and poverty as it exists in individuals  lives and in nations. Please submit your proposals for a presentation or panel, or as questions you hope to see this symposium should address. We encourage submissions from social scientists, historians as well as scholars in theology and religious studies in particular.

Some Foundational Questions

•         How do the religious traditions apply their historic calls for justice to current conditions of wealth and poverty , both in societies in which they are influential and in which they are minorities?

•         Are there important differences in the responses to these calls in societies that define themselves as secular, as opposed to those who espouse the centrality of one or more faith traditions?

•         What roles can faith communities play in enhancing the expansion of economic justice?

      •                      Do each of these religions have essentially different approaches to poverty and wealth? Is there any common ground between them that may be used as a foundation of understanding and action among them?

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 2014.pdf



The conference is administered by the Peace Islands Institute, Nazareth College, Brian and Jean Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue and Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey and Nazareth College, Center for International Education.

Institutional partners include: Dialogue Institute at Temple University, Department of Religion at the Chautauqua Institutions, Department of Religious Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges,  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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