This event celebrated the rollout of a new book, Religious Freedom: Why Now? Defending an Embattled Human Right, authored by RFP Associate Director Timothy Shah, under the auspices of the Witherspoon Institute’s Task Force on International Religious Freedom, chaired by RFP Director Thomas Farr. The event was co-sponsored by the Religious Freedom Project and the Witherspoon Institute. The keynote address was delivered by Robert P. George of Princeton University. Panels featured a wide range of participants, including noted Muslim scholar Sheikh Hamza Yusuf.
In this talk the speaker engages the audience in a discussion of traditional as well as contemporary Christian understandings of Islam and vice-versa. A highly detailed and scholarly look into this very complex subject. Murad’s firm command of the English language, his structured presentation, and his vast knowledge and resources cited make this lecture unparalleled by any of its kind. He concludes this talk by revealing his own observant views of Muslim-Christian relations and the need to move forward in mutual tolerance and respect. (Recorded at the Dar al Islam Teachers’ Institute seminar). Other topics discussed: the black stone, St. Thomas Aquinas’ harsh views of Islam, Ivan The Terrible, William Montgomery Watt, Catholic views, women’s views of a gender-specific God, God as love, and the hajj.
Abdal Hakim Murad looks at Islam as part of a wider family of faiths and analyzes what it shares and what it doesn’t share with its two great predecessors. This comparison is made on several fronts namely salvation history, Islamic law vs. Jewish law, scriptural overlap between the Hebrew Bible and the Qur’an, the figures of Jesus (P) and the Virgin Mary (P), and Muslim-Christian interaction throughout history. This lecture is part of a series which is great for both Muslims and non-Muslims as Abdal Hakim approaches the subject from a highly intellectual perspective. (Recorded at the Dar al Islam Teachers’ Institute seminar). Other topics discussed: God’s covenant, the “chosen” people, prophecy, ancient Christian antisemitism, the Kaaba, and circumcision.