Lecture: When Christians First Met Muslims

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Date/Time:Wednesday, 06 Sep 2017 at 7:00 pm
Location:Sun Room, Memorial Union
Cost:Free
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Phone:515-294-9934
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Michael Penn is a professor of religious studies at Stanford University and specializes in the history of early Christianity with a focus on Middle Eastern Christians.

Middle Eastern Christians composed the earliest and largest collection of Christian writings on Islam, but their experiences are largely omitted from the modern historical narrative because of the unfamiliar Aramaic dialect of Syriac in which they wrote.

Michael Penn will discuss how the history of Christian-Muslim relations changes if, instead of relying on the writings of Greek and Latin Christians who often were in military conflict with Muslims, one focuses on Middle Eastern Christians and their everyday encounters with Muslims.

For more information visit the Lectures Program website.