Monday, November 9, 2015, 10:20 a.m.
Quad 264, Saint John's University
Professor Saritoprak will examine the place of Jesus in the Qur'an and Hadith. He will present the topic of Jesus in Islam from Islamic theological perspectives including both classical and contemporary theologians' views of Jesus. Like Christians, Muslims, in general, also believe in the second coming of Jesus, known in Islam as the descent of Jesus. Dr. Saritoprak will highlight different Islamic theological approaches to Jesus's descent. Finally, he will discuss the important role Jesus can play in interfaith dialogue.
Zeki Saritoprak is professor in the department of theology and religious studies and the Bediüzzaman Said Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies at John Carroll University in Cleveland. He holds a Ph.D. in Islamic theology from the University of Marmara in Turkey. Professor Saritoprak is the author of Islam's Jesus (2014) and over thirty academic articles and encyclopedia entries on topics in Islam. He has served as guest editor for issues of the journals Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations and The Muslim World. He is editor and co-translator of Fundamentals of Rumi's Thought: A Mevlevi Sufi Perspective (2004) and the editor of a critical edition of al-Sarakhsi's Sifat Ashrat al-Sa'a (in Arabic; Cairo, 1993). He is currently preparing a book on Islamic spirituality tentatively titled Islamic Spirituality: Theology and Practice for the Modern World.
Sponsored in collaboration with the Niagara Foundation - Minnesota and the CSB/SJU Department of Theology