VTS Hosts Panel Discussion, "Islam in the Modern World: Said Nursi's Perspective"


Media Contact: Carol Kyber
Tel: 703-461-1764
Email: ckyber@vts.edu

Alexandria, Va. – Fri., March 21 at 8 p.m., the Center for Anglican Communion Studies (CACS) at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) will hold a panel discussion entitled, “Islam in the Modern World: Said Nursi’s Perspective.”

Urging unity between Christian and Muslim believers long before others were speaking of it, Bediuzzaman Said Nursi (1876-1960) is considered one of the most influential Muslim theologians of modern times. Writing before WW I and again after WW II, amidst tensions and enmity between the two religions, Nursi proposed that the Christian and Muslim communities should avoid theological competition and give a united witness of faith to a world that is suffering from spiritual and moral decline.

The distinguished panel of experts on the thought of Nursi include the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president of Virginia Theological Seminary, and author of two books on Bediuzzaman Said Nursi; Mr. Salih Sayilgan (’09), a doctoral student in the religion and culture program at The Catholic University of America; Ms. Zeyneb Sayilgan, the Luce Muslim visiting scholar at VTS and doctoral student at Georgetown University’s theology department; Dr. Faris Kaya, director of the Istanbul Foundation for Science and Culture in Turkey (IIKV); and Dr. Colin Turner, professor of Islamic thought at Durham University, UK. The group will explore a cooperation of believers in the midst of today’s challenges to Christian-Muslim relations.

The event is free and open to the public, but registrations are encouraged and appreciated. RSVP to cacs@vts.edu or call 703-461-1735.

Audience and tweeted questions and comments will be encouraged and incorporated into the conversation. The evening’s discussion will also be live streamed from www.vts.edu. We encourage you to follow and participate in the conversation using hashtag #vts_nursi.


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