North American Christians & Islam
Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
This event recurs Weekly from Thursday, March 14, 2019 to Thursday, April 11, 2019

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John P. Webster Library
12 South Main Street
West Hartford, CT 06107

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Jennifer deSimas

Islam is highly controversial in a polarized American society. Disputes about Islam seem to be stuck across the political aisles. Some argue that Islam is either inherently a violent religion bent on destroying America, others that it is a religion of peace misunderstood. Social and popular media has fanned the flames of debate that have gripped American society. American Christians too have been caught in these arguments, some even stating that Islam is un-American and anti-Christian. These sessions will assist American Christians critically engage resources and provide opportunities to think about how dominant American culture views Islam. These five sessions can be attended a la carteor as a whole.
March 14: Session I - The Context of Christian-Muslim Relations in America Post-9/11: Islamophobia, Immigration and Racism
This introductory session will explore the current atmosphere of American Christian “interest” in Islam and their view of Muslims.
March 21: Session II - Who are American Muslims? (The Pew Research studies)
This session will look at the Pew Research Centers studies on American Muslims from 2007, 2011 and 2017.
March 28: Session III - Who Speaks for Islam? Islamic Authority
This session will look at the concept of authority in Islamic in explore the built in diversity of religious opinions from traditional scholars and lay activists. 
April 4: Session IV - Reading the Qur’an (or at least English translations)
This session will explore the concept of the Qur’an as Scripture, and how non-Arabic speaking non-Muslims approach English translations.
April 11: Session V - Evangelical Biblicist and Interreligious Interpretations of Islam
This final session will examine the various ways in which North American Christians have viewed Islam, as a fulfillment of Scripture or as an Abrahamic partner in interreligious and civic dialogue.
Update: 3/19
We are delighted to share that we have received a very positive response to Dr. David Grafton's Lenten series, North American Christians and Islam: Reframing the Views of a Dominant Culture. Due to room capacity issues, We are requesting that participants register for future sessions. You may register for all remaining sessions HERE.  We are grateful for the response to Dr. Grafton's program, and honored to have him share his expertise with us!

For information on the remaining sessions, click HERE. Thank you so very much for your support of our programs! Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.


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