Islam

Hadel Jarada, PhD candidate

The Problem of Free Will

September 14, 2016

On Wednesday, September 14, Hadel Jarada, PhD candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University, presented on the problem of free will and the diverse stance and contribution of contemporary philosophy to the age-old issue.... Read more about The Problem of Free Will

Sacramental Presences at the Center

Sacramental Presences at the Center

March 4, 2016

On March 4-5, the Center hosted a small workshop, "Sacramental Presences: Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, and Daoist Perspectives." For two days we took up today's turn in comparative studies to ritual and liturgical practice as an important site for new learning that reaches beyond the study of texts and the exchange of ideas.

Convened by Matthew Potts and myself as members of the HDS faculty and Center, the participants included three other Harvard professors (Diana Eck, Kimberley Patton, Michelle Sanchez) and one Harvard doctoral student (Caley Smith), as well as ten professors from...

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 Studying the Quran as a Catholic V

Studying the Quran as a Catholic V

December 21, 2015

Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J., the director of the Center for the Study of World Religions, continues exploring "The Study Quran," this time on the theme of Jesus.

CSWR Director Francis Clooney

Studying the Quran as a Catholic IV

December 18, 2015

Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J., the director of the Center for the Study of World Religions, continues exploring "The Study Quran," this time on the theme of Mary, the Mother of Jesus.

Jiou Park, HDS MTS candidate

Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan

September 30, 2015

At this week’s World Religions Café, Jiou Park, a second year master of theological studies candidate and a CSWR resident, presented an overview of blasphemy laws in Pakistan.  For her presentation, Jiou first emphasized that despite the disparate importance given to control of religious speech in Muslim majority countries, regulation of religious speech is far from a uniquely Islamic phenomenon. To support this claim, and show that “blasphemy laws” are not the only ways that a government regulates religious speech, Jiou presented several legal provisions from various countries....

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Cultivation of Desire

Cultivation of Desire

September 9, 2015

At this week’s World Religions Café, Axel Takács, a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the study of religion, presented on a topic related to his dissertation, which is an exercise in Christian comparative theology with the Islamic religious tradition, and tentatively entitled “Cultivation of Desire.” For his presentation, Axel examined a Persian love lyric (ghazal) by the well-known 14th-century poet of Shīrāz, Ḥāfiẓ. He situated his interpretation of this love lyric within two traditions contemporaneous to Ḥāfiẓ. The first is the Akbarian mystical tradition, which is the ...

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