L608 Jesus and Mary in Muslim Tradition
Wednesday, 9:40-11:05, June 20
Instructor: Abdulaziz Sachedina
Islam, as the youngest of the Abrahamic religions, regards itself as an heir to the biblical prophecy and revelation. It treats all the Hebrew prophets with respect and as part of the divinely appointed emissaries for humanity. While Abraham, Noah and Moses are mentioned numerous times throughout the Qur’an, Jesus ranks highly as the miracle of God. The immaculate birth of Jesus is related as the sign of God that deserves to be recognized as an important spiritual link between God and humanity. This lecture will be devoted to understand the status of the “Word of God” (Logos = kalimatullah) in Muslim piety. Jesus and his mother Mary are not only revered by the Muslims; they form an important link to the Muslim spirituality and eschatology (the tradition of the Last Days). We will read directly from the Qur’an to understand the roots of Muslim respect for Jesus. The lecture will serve as an introduction to the full semester course in the fall.
Abdulaziz Sachedina, is Professor and IIIT Chair in Islamic Studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Dr. Sachedina, who has studied in India, Iraq, Iran, and Canada, obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He has been conducting research and writing in the field of Islamic Law, Ethics, and Theology (Sunni and Shiite) for more than two decades. In the last ten years he has concentrated on social and political ethics, including Interfaith and Intrafaith Relations, Islamic Biomedical Ethics and Islam and Human Rights.