Consortium for Christian–Muslim Dialogue
Duquesne’s Consortium for Christian–Muslim Dialogue (CCMD) was commissioned by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts in 2009 to promote a healthy and peaceful Christian–Muslim relationship in the United States and Africa. CCMD has both single-handedly and in collaboration with other University offices, departments, and centers organized public lectures, workshops, and symposia. The committee consists of multi-disciplinary faculty whose primary objectives include exploring the social, cultural, economic, philosophical, historical, political, and religious roots of and solutions to inter-religious conflicts in Africa and the United States. CCMD also seeks to collaborate with academic, religious, and social institutions in Africa and the United States, consistent with the mission of Duquesne University, toward ending existing inter-religious conflicts. While Africa and the United States are the stirring focuses of this committee, we hope that its activities will eventually have global effects.
The members of the Consortium are
- Dr. Marinus Iwuchukwu, Chair
- Dr. James Swindal
- Dr. Alan Seadler
- Dr. Khlood Salman
- Dr. Gerald Boodoo
- Dr. Elochukwu Uzukwu
- Dr. Thérèse Bonin
- Dr. Nihat Polat
- Dr. Emad Mirmotahari
- Dr. Anne Marie FitzGerald
- On 18 November, our Religion & Society Lecture Series considered religion and music: Prof. Sadık Kara (Fatih University, Istanbul) spoke on “The Use of Music in Islam,” and Fr. Stephen Concordia, O.S.B. (director of programs in sacred music at Saint Vincent College) discussed “Music in Christian Life: The Expressive Power of the Word.”
- On 19 January, Mais Haddad, Esq., a native of Syria, described the plight of Syrian Christian immigrants and refugees; the text of her talk and her slides are also available.
- On 16 February, Dr. Basel Termanini, vice president of the Syrian American Medical Society, spoke on the crisis of Syrian refugees.
- On 9 March, panelists Haider Ala Hamoudi, Mark Haas, and David Harris-Gershon, with moderator Luke Peterson, discussed Abrahamic Religions and the Middle East.
- David Harris-Gershon has graciously shared the notes he made in preparation.
- Haider Ala Hamoudi has generously allowed us to post the draft of a paper he is preparing for publication and upon which he based his remarks.
- The article upon which Dr. Haas based his contributions is under copyright but may be consulted through e-Journals: Mark L. Haas, “Reinhold Niebuhr’s ‘Christian Pragmatism:’ A Principled Alternative to Consequentialism,” The Review of Politics 61.4 (Fall 1999): 605–36.
- On 5 October, panelists Mark Haas and Ihsan Colak, with moderator Clifford Bob, discussed Religion and Democracy.