An Abrahamic Family Reunion: Series Launch

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Poetry Center Rubel Room

An Abrahamic Family Reunion: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Perspectives on Moses, Jesus and Muhammad

The Institute For the Study of Religion and Culture and its co-sponsors invite you to participate in the first of a series of conversations. Family reunions refer to those occasions when siblings born of the same parent join together to share experiences and reflect upon what they continue to hold in common and where, over the years, their different paths have led them.

Jews, Christians and Muslims are referred to as members of the Abrahamic family of faith since Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all claim descent from the family of Abraham, Hagar, and Sarah. Yet despite their common origins, they have gone their separate ways, not always in ways that are respectful of one another.

This first session of “The Abrahamic Family Reunion” will explore the comparative roles and importance of Moses, Jesus and Muhammad, the three pre-eminent figures of the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament and the Quran, from the perspective of each of the panelists.


4:00 PM

Moderator: Peter Foley, Dr. phil.
Director, Institute For the Study of Religion and Culture, University of Arizona
Welcome – Introduction of Program and Speakers

4:15 – 5:00 PM

Sanford Seltzer, Rabbi, D.D.
Institute For Judaic Services and Studies, Saddlebrook
Adjunct Rabbi, Temple Emanuel, Tucson
“Moses, Jesus, Muhammad: Jewish Perspectives”

Karen Borek Ph.D.
Religious Studies Program, University of Arizona
“Moses, Jesus, Muhammad: Christian Perspectives”

Scott Lucas, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Islamic Studies, University of Arizona
Director, School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies
“Moses, Jesus, Muhammad: Islamic Perspectives”

5 – 6:00 PM

Questions and Discussion

6:00 PM