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Shared Scholar to speak on Muslims, Jews and Christians

By Staff | Jun 26, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Dr. Zeki Saritoprak

A past Shared Scholar of Sanibel and Captiva will make a return visit for a presentation at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, at 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, on July 2 at 1 p.m.

Dr. Zeki Saritoprak, professor of theology and Nursi Chair of Islamic Studies at John Carroll University, will speak on the topic of “People of the Book in Dialogue: Jews, Muslims and Christians in the United States.”

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Saritoprak has held the Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies since 2003. He holds a doctorate in Islamic theology from the University of Marmara in Turkey. Prior to coming to John Carroll, Saritoprak held positions at Harran University in Turkey, Georgetown University, the Catholic University of America, and Berry College in Rome, Georgia. He is also the founder and former president of the Rumi Forum for Interfaith Dialogue in Washington, D.C.

Saritoprak is the author or editor of numerous books and articles, including Islam’s Jesus and the Muslim Theology of the Afterlife (University of Florida, 2014). He has contributed to a variety of books and encyclopedias, including World Religions in Dialogue, ed. Pim Valkenberg (Anselm Academic, 2014) and The Islamic World, ed. Andrew Rippin (Routledge, 2008).

For more information, visit www.sanibelucc.org or call 239-472-0497.