Reading the Bible in the Light of the Qur'an

From July 27, 2011 17:30 until July 27, 2011 15:00

 

Topic: 'Reading the Bible in the Light of the Qur'an: from israiliyyat to islamiyyat’ with Professor Ismail Albayrak who is the Fethullah Gullen Chair in the Study of Islam and Muslim-Catholic Relations, Australian Catholic University (ACU).

Hosted by: Prof. Constant Mews and Dr Salih Yucel, Centre for Studies in Religion and Theology, School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, Monash University.

RSVP: John D’Alton jdal13@student.monash.edu.au

Abstract: In a restricted sense, isra’iliyyat applies to the traditions and reports that contain elements of the legendary and religious literature of the Jews, but more inclusively and more commonly it also refers to Christian, Zoroastrian and other Near Eastern elements including folklore. In other words, every foreign element in Muslim exegesis is called isra’iliyyat. Muslims had used and are still using the Biblical and other sources in the interpretation of the Qur’an. In this seminar the questions we will deal with are as follows. How the reports of non-Islamic materials took place in Islamic sources, Is it equally possible to use Qur’anic and other Islamic sources in the exegesis of the Bible? In other words, is it possible to develop the notion of islamiyyat as opposed to the notion of israiliyyat. How can the usage of Muslim sources in the exegesis of Bible contribute to Muslim-Christian/Jewish dialogue.

Professor Ismail Albayrak is the Fethullah Gullen Chair in the Study of Islam and Muslim-Catholic Relations, ACU. İsmail Albayrak was born in Ankara in 1968. Upon receiving his primary and secondary education he began to study in the School of Divinity/Ankara where he graduated in 1991. In 1994 he won a scholarship from the Turkish Higher Education Council to continue his postgraduate studies abroad, and for this purpose in 1995 he went to England. Ismail received his PhD degree from Leeds University in 2000 and then he started working at Sakarya University, Adapazarı/TURKEY. In November 2008 he was appointed to the newly established Fethullah Gülen Chair in the Study of Islam and Muslim-Catholic Relations at Australian Catholic University. His many publications include “Approaches to the Qur’an in Classic Modernism”, ‘Turkish Exegeses of the Twentieth Century: Hak Dini Kur’an Dili’, and  ‘The People of the Book in the Qur’an’, Islamic Studies, 47/3, 301-325 (2008).

Advance Notice: Wednesday 7 Sept  "Jihad and conflict resolution: interreligious perspectives” with Sadik Kirazli and John D’Alton at the same time and same venue.

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