Consortium for Christian–Muslim Dialogue
Duquesne’s Consortium for Christian–Muslim Dialogue (CCMD) was commissioned by the Dean of Liberal Arts in 2009 to promote healthy and peaceful Christian–Muslim relations in both the United States and Africa. The Consortium consists of faculty from several schools within the University, each sharing the resources of his or her discipline in order that the group may explore the social, cultural, economic, philosophical, historical, political, and religious roots of and solutions to inter-religious conflicts.
In accord with Duquesne’s mission, we seek to work with academic, religious, and social institutions here and abroad to end inter-religious conflicts. Both single-handedly and collaborating with University offices, departments, and centers and with outside entities, CCMD has organized well received lectures, workshops, and symposia.
While Africa and the United States remain special concerns of CCMD, we try to recognize and respond to each new opportunity for fostering dialogue. For that reason, we aspire to design courses and eventually to create academic programs on inter-religious dialogue, so that our work of peace will continue after us and spread wherever our alumni may find themselves.
The members of the Consortium are
- Dr. Marinus Iwuchukwu, Chair (Theology)
- Dr. James Swindal (Dean of Liberal Arts)
- Dr. Alan Seadler (Assoc. Academic Vice President for Research)
- Dr. Khlood Salman (Nursing)
- Dr. Gerald Boodoo (Director, Center for African Studies)
- Dr. Elochukwu Uzukwu (Theology)
- Dr. Thérèse Bonin (Philosophy)
- Dr. Nihat Polat (Associate Dean of Education)
- Dr. Emad Mirmotahari (World Literature)
- On 18 November, we 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. (Saint Vincent College) discussed “Music in Christian Life: The Expressive Power of the Word.”
- On 19 January, Mais Haddad, Esq., a Syrian native, 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.
- On 2 November 2016, the Rev. Robert Dowd (Notre Dame) and Elaine Linn (Pitt) discussed ‘Christian–Muslim Relations Here & Abroad: How People’s Faith Guides Their Lives.’
- On 29 November, panelists Suhail Abboushi, James Bailey, Bernadette Paolo, and Nihat Polat, with moderator Barbara Murock, discussed Migration and Policies on Immigration: Economic, Political, Legal, Cultural, and Moral Implications.