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Interreligious Traditions of Jews, Muslims and Christians to be Discussed

Duquesne University will welcome a member of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and one of the nation’s pre-eminent scholars on Catholic-Muslim relations as guest speakers exploring interfaith dialogue during Founders Week activities, Jan. 31 through Feb. 4.Tanzanian Bishop Augustine Ndeliakyama Shao, C.S.Sp., a member of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, will look at Spiritan-Muslim relations and the importance of interreligious dialogue. He will address the work of the Spiritans in his diocese of Zanzibar and Pemba, where the congregation has had a minority presence among Muslims for 150 years.

Shao’s presentation will be on Monday, Feb. 1, at 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Scott C. Alexander, director of Catholic Muslim Studies and department chair of Intercultural Studies and Ministries at Catholic Theological Union, will explore values shared in Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions. This eminent scholar’s presentation is titled To Treat the Stranger as Neighbor: An Interreligious Imperative for Our Time.

Alexander’s presentation will be Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m.

Both presentations will be in Duquesne University’s Power Center Ballroom, fifth floor of the Power Center, Forbes Avenue and Chatham Square.

Receptions will follow both of these events. While both events are free and open to the public, an RSVP is required at 412.396.5131 or by email, universityevents@duq.edu.

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