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The Oneness of God and the Diversity of Religions: A Muslim Perspective

Lecture by Jerusha T. Lamptey, Ph.D.
Thursday, February 16, 2017, 4:15 PM
Quad 264, Saint John's University

A central theme in Islamic tradition, texts, and practice is tawhid, the oneness and uniqueness of God. The oneness of God is often emphasized through descriptions of God's interaction with and revelations to diverse communities of people. In this lecture, Professor Lamptey will discuss Qur'anic texts that emphasize the divine intentionality of religious diversity, and she will explore the implications of this positive appraisal of religious diversity for interreligious engagement, particularly interreligious feminist engagement.

Jerusha T. Lamptey is a Muslim theologian, scholar, and public educator. She is assistant professor of Islam and ministry and also the director of the Islam, Social Justice and Interreligious Engagement Program (ISJIE) at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. Her work and writing focus on Islamic feminism, interreligious engagement, religious pluralism, and social justice. After earning an M.A. degree in Islamic sciences at the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences, she earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in theological and religious studies with a focus on religious pluralism at Georgetown University. Professor Lamptey is author of Never Wholly Other: A Muslima Theology of Religious Pluralism (Oxford University Press, 2014), which re-interprets the Qur'anic discourse on religious 'otherness' and diversity. She is currently working on a new book (titled Divine Words, Female Voices: Muslima Explorations in Comparative Feminist Theology), which explores the possibilities of comparative feminist theology.