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Christian-Muslim Dialogue in the Late Middle Ages
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When: 12–14 October 2012
Where: Lutheran Theological Seminary
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 
Contact: Donald Duclow

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The program includes plenary lectures by Thomas Burman (University of Tennessee Knoxville) and Asma Afsaruddin (Indiana University). We shall explore the complex relations between Christians and Muslims at the dawn of the modern age. Our focus will be on two works by Nicholas of Cusa: "De pace fidei," a dialogue seeking peace among world religions written after the Turkish conquest of Constantinople in 1453, and the "Cribratio Alkorani" (1460-61), which attempts to confirm Gospel truths within a critical reading of the Qur’an. As we consider Nicholas, his sources and contexts, we shall encounter the tangled realities of Christian and Muslim efforts at polemic, translation and dialogue. To do justice to the range of perspectives involved, we shall also consider the Qur’an’s portrayal of Jesus and other Muslim responses to Christianity. In the end, we hope that our discussions will contribute to today’s urgent need for improved understanding between Muslims and Christians.

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