Dr. Saritoprak’s talk will examine the place of Jesus in the Qu’ran and Hadiths. He will explore Islamic theological perspectives on Jesus, including classical and contemporary theologians’ views of Jesus. Muslims, like Christians, believe in the second coming of Jesus (in Islam, known as the descent of Jesus). Dr. Saritoprak will also discuss the different theological views of the descent. Finally, he will address the important role that Jesus can play in interfaith dialogue.
Zeki Saritoprak, Ph.D., is Professor and the Bediüzzaman Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies at John Carroll University. He holds a Ph.D. in Islamic Theology from the University of Marmara in Turkey. Professor Saritoprak is the author of Islam’s Jesus (University Press of Florida, 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 (in English; New Jersey: The Light, 2004) and the editor of a critical edition of al-Sarakhsi’s Sifat Ashrat al-Sa’a (in Arabic; Cairo, 1993). His He is currently preparing a book on Islamic spirituality tentatively titled Islamic Spirituality: Theology and Practice for the Modern World.
Rumi Forum organized an interfaith iftar with the Fairfax County on May 30th. (more…)
On May 29, Rumi Forum was hosted for an interfaith iftar by the Washington National Cathedral in Washington DC. (more…)
Tikkun Leil Shavuot, also known as “A Night of Jewish Learning,” is an opportunity to show that participants are ready to receive the Torah. Throughout the night, people will gather to study the sacred text, and facilitate a deeper connection with their faith. By staying awake during the anniversary of the Revelation, followers signal to the heavens that they are ready to receive blessings from above. In the morning, many share a Suhoor Meal to precede their Ramadan fast.
The Rumi Forum prides itself on its interfaith collaborations. We find it increasingly important to celebrate events in conjunction with the faith-based communities. There is no better way to connect with another by sharing the joy your faith brings. Often times, the prevailing commonalities which can bridge neighborhoods, are overshadowed by unfounded assumptions. Celebrate common points that everyone, regardless of race, gender, and sexuality can enjoy. By inspiring community dialogue, we hope to take another step forward in creating a peaceful, tolerant, environment for all to enjoy.
Please take into consideration the length of our event. Leil Shavu’ot starts at 7:30 on May 19th and continues to May 20th. Feel free to come early on the 19th, or stay later on May 20th and join the Leik Shovu’ot celebrations!
Join the Rumi Forum on April 21st, 2018 for an interfaith conversation on the environment from the perspectives of the three Abrahamic religions. (more…)
On March 15th Department Chair of Religion at George Washington University, Robert Eisen joined the Rumi Forum for a presentation on Jews and how they have survived centuries of persecution and thrived in the West. (more…)
On March 22nd, 2018 we discussed what challenges Christianity faces in a 21st century America with a group of distinguished panelists.
Following 13 immigrant and U.S.-born teenage girls, Maine Girls explores the important role that young people play in creating “brave spaces” to be vulnerable, face the unknown, and bridge important cultural divides. (more…)
On December 7th Meira Neggaz of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding joined us for a detailed presentation on American Muslims. (more…)
Join the Rumi Forum and thousands of others for this years’ Unity Walk! September 10th, 2017