Scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr to Discuss the Promise of Interfaith Dialogue

February 13, 2013 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications

Seyyed Hossein Nasr is a professor of Islamic studies at George Washington University, as well as an Islamic philosopher, poet and prominent scholar of Islamic, religious and comparative studies.

On Friday, February 22, he will present The Future and Promise of Interfaith Dialogue, the annual al-Ghazali Lecture at Elmhurst College.

The author of more than twenty scholarly books, two books of poetry and 500 articles, Nasr was the first Muslim to deliver the prestigious Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh. In 2000 a volume was devoted to him in the Library of Living Philosophers.

Nasr’s lecture is part of a long and ongoing tradition of interfaith engagement and involvement at Elmhurst College. Through academic programs, student activities, special events and more, questions of faith and service are woven throughout students’ Elmhurst Experience.

The annual al-Ghazali Lecture is part of the religious lecture series at Elmhurst College. Each year, the series presents interesting and informative talks from several religious traditions. Elmhurst College’s Muslim lecture is named after al-Ghazali (1058-1111 C.E.), a Muslim theologian whose emphasis on personal religious experience changed the course of Islam and continues to challenge devotees and scholars of religion to this day.

The Future and Promise of Interfaith Dialogue will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 22, in the Founders Lounge of the Frick Center. Admission is $10 for the general public and free for Elmhurst College students, faculty, staff and alumni. Tickets are available at the door or online. For more information, call (630) 617-3390.

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