First Annual Interfaith Conference – Seton Hall University


The Department of Religion invites the Seton Hall community to the first annual Interfaith Conference with leading scholar of Islamic-Christian relations and civic engagement, Dr. Celene Ibrahim. His talk is titled “The Space Between Us: Interfaith Engagement for Times of Disintegration.”

Drawing on two decades of international experience in interfaith studies and Christian-Muslim relations, Dr. Celene Ibrahim highlights how interfaith study and collaborative social action serve to cultivate social cohesion in the face of cultures of partisanship and of exclusivity. How do the existential questions of meaning, truth, and purpose that are central to religious traditions provide us with opportunities for personal enrichment and societal advancement? Given the increasingly digital and virtual world, what does studying ancient traditions of spiritual wisdom and their interactions help us understand about our present?

Dr. Celene Ibrahim is the author of Women and Gender in the Quran (Oxford University Press, 2020), Islam and monotheism (forthcoming 2022 with Cambridge University Press), and editor of One nation, indivisible: seeking freedom and justice from the pulpit to the street (Wipf & Stock, 2019). She holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, a master’s degree in theology from Harvard Divinity School, and a doctorate in Arab and Islamic civilizations from Brandeis University. She is a former Andrew W. Mellon Scholar and President and Fellow of Harvard College Presidential Scholar.

This conference is an in-person event in the Atrium of Jubilee Hall and will take place on March 24 at 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

This conference is made possible through the generous support of the American Association of Colleges and Universities and the Interfaith Youth Core.

Everyone is welcome!

About the Department of Religion

The Department of Religion is Seton Hall’s home for the study of religion, theology, and ethics in global, comparative, and ecumenical contexts. Animated by the call of the Second Vatican Council to Catholic Christians and all people of good will to examine the relationship between faith and reason, to live together in solidarity and to promote the common good, the program of the Department of Religions focuses on the theological, cultural, and ethical dimensions of Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christianity and other global religious traditions, particularly Judaism, Islam, and South Asian religions. At the graduate level, the Department of Religion offers a Master of Arts in Judeo-Christian Studies, the first of its kind in the United States. The Judeo-Christian Studies program focuses on the analysis of complex religious, ethical, and social issues that promote peace and justice and prepares students for many facets of interreligious and multicultural relations, dialogue, and diplomatic encounters.


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