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Islam, the Catholic Church and the Future of the World

Gabriel Said Reynolds

Annual Hesburgh Lecture
presented by Gabriel Said Reynolds, PhD

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 7:15pm
Franz Hall 120
Free and open to all

The relationship between Christianity and Islam is absolutely unique. According to Islamic belief, Jesus was a Muslim prophet who was born of the Virgin Mary but he was not divine and he did not die on the Cross. In this lecture, Professor Reynolds will examine how Islam challenges Christian beliefs, reflect on how the Catholic Church should respond to these challenges, and offer a vision of how Muslims and Christians might work together to counter religious extremism.

Gabriel Said Reynolds did his doctoral work at Yale University in Islamic Studies.  Currently he researches the Qur'ān and Muslim/Christian relations and is Professor of Islamic Studies and Theology in the Department of Theology at Notre Dame.  He is the author of The Qur'ān and Its Biblical Subtext (2010) and The Emergence of Islam (2012). In 2012-13 Professor Reynolds directed, along with Mehdi Azaiez, “The Qurʾān Seminar,” a year-long collaborative project dedicated to encouraging dialogue among scholars of the Qurʾān.   In May 2018 his most recent book, The Qurʾān and the Bible, will be released with Yale University Press.  At Notre Dame he teaches courses on theology, Muslim/Christian Relations, and Islamic Origins.

This event is co-sponsored by the Garaventa Center and the Notre Dame Club of Portland. For ADA accommodations or further information, please contact the Garaventa Center at: 503-943-7702 or