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Lecture: Dr. Jerusha Lamptey, Union Theological Seminary
March 30, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
‘Wholly Other’ or ‘Holy Other’: Islam, Religious Diversity and Muslima Theology
While religious diversity is a fact of our world, theological debates continue to rage over the legitimacy of multiple, diverse traditions. In contemporary Muslim scholarship, a number of provocative questions about the existence, value, and functionality of religious diversity are posed. What does the Qur’an say about Judaism, Christianity, and other religions? Is Islam the only ‘valid’ religion in the present time? Are all religions particular expressions of an ineffable Divine unity? Is Islam the only acceptable and salvifically effective path? Or are there multiple, equally acceptable and effective paths?
In this talk, Dr. Jerusha Lamptey will explore these questions in reference to Islamic sources and contemporary Muslim scholarship. Highlighting the intimate connection between ‘theological’ questions and ‘practical’ interactions, she will survey Islamic primary sources on the topic of religious diversity, and then critically assess existing contemporary interpretations of these sources. Dr. Lamptey will conclude this lecture by outlining some alternative possibilities drawn from her constructive work in Muslima (Islamic feminist) theological thought.
Professor Jerusha T. Lamptey earned her B.A. in Anthropology and Religion with a focus on traditional West African religious practices at American University in 1997. From 2000 to 2002, she researched interreligious interaction as a Fulbright Scholar in Ghana. She received an M.A. in Islamic Sciences at the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences in Leesburg, VA in 2004, and her Ph.D. in Theological and Religious Studies with a focus on Religious Pluralism at Georgetown University in 2011. Before joining the Union faculty in July of 2012, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology at Georgetown University, where she taught courses on Islam, the Qur’an, feminist theology and philosophy of religion. She is the author of Never Wholly Other: A Muslima Theology of Religious Pluralism (Oxford University Press, 2013).