‘Prophethood’ in Christianity and Islam will be discussed at Rice event

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David Ruth

Amy McCaig

‘Prophethood’ in Christianity and Islam will be discussed at Rice event

HOUSTON – (Oct. 22, 2018) – Rice University’s Islamophobia Resistance Campaign, an independent study group headed by sociology lecturer Craig Considine, will host “Prophethood: The Category We Don’t Have in Common” Oct. 25 in Rice’s Sewall Hall 309. The 7 p.m. event is free and open to the public.

Holy Koran. Photo by 123rf.com/Rice University

Photo by 123rf.com/Rice University

The event will focus on the category of “prophet” as the basis of much miscommunication, particularly between Christians and Muslims, and will feature a conversation with Ida Glaser, international academic coordinator and director emerita of the Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies at the University of Oxford. It will be followed by a Q&A session and refreshments.

“In discussions between members of the ‘Abrahamic faiths,’ it is often said that we have prophets in common,” Glaser said. “It is true that we have a number of important figures in common, but those who are identified as prophets in the Quran may not be primarily so identified in the Bible. Further, the place of prophets in the Quran and in the Bible is substantially different. This lecture will reflect on the concepts of prophethood in the two scriptures. It will argue that the concept of ‘prophethood’ can produce a great deal of misunderstanding if it is assumed that we ‘have it in common.'”

WHAT: “Prophethood: The Category We Don’t Have in Common.”

WHEN: 7 p.m. Oct. 25.

WHERE: Sewall Hall, Room 309, Rice University, 6100 Main St.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amym@rice.edu.


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About Amy McCaig

Amy is a senior media relations specialist in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.