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What:               "The Shape of Christianity in the World of Islam: Apologetics and

Ecclesial Self-Definition in the Churches of the Early Califate," a lecture

by Sidney Griffith, professor of Semitic languages at Catholic University.


When:             4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005


Where:             Stephen Happel Room, Caldwell Hall,

                        The Catholic University of America

                        620 Michigan Ave. NE

                        Washington, DC


Details:            Sidney Griffith is a professor of Semitic languages at The Catholic University

of America.  His numerous publications include "Syrian Christians under Islam: The First Thousand Years" (2001), "The Beginnings of Christian Theology in Arabic: Muslim-Christian Encounters in the Early Islamic Period" (2002), and "What has Constantinople to do with Jerusalem? Palestine in the Ninth Century: Byzantine Othodoxy in the World of Islam." Griffith’s research interests include Syriac monasticism, medieval Christian-Muslim encounters, and ecumenical, interfaith dialogue.

 The event is free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail: cua-  
or call 202-319-6169.

Sponsor:         The event is sponsored by CUA’s Institute for Interreligious Study and Dialogue. The IISD was founded with a mandate from the dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America to academically respond to religious pluralism and diversity in the contemporary world and to foster interreligious understanding across different religious orientations.




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