Dr. Scott Alexander to present "To Treat the Stranger as Neighbor: An Abrahamic Imperative" Jan. 14

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Jan. 8, 2009

MOBILE, Ala. – Dr. Scott Alexander will present “To Treat the Stranger as Neighbor: An Abrahamic Imperative” at the monthly lecture of the Christus Theological Institute. The lecture, part of “Trialogue: Muslims, Jews and Christians – Together,” is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14 in Byrne Memorial Hall on the campus of Spring Hill College.

Alexander’s interest in Islam dates back to the early 1980s, when he was witnessing the events of the Islamist revolution in Iran, and concentrating in comparative religion as an undergraduate at Harvard. After graduating magna cum laude from Harvard, Alexander went on to Columbia University in New York where he earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in the history of religions, with a concentration in Islamic studies. From 1986 to 1990, he taught courses on Islam and the history of religions at Columbia, Fordham, and Princeton University, and in1991 took a position on the religious studies faculty at Indiana University in Bloomington where he taught as an assistant professor of Islamic studies from 1993 to 2000.

Alexander is Associate Professor of Islam, Chair of the Department of Intercultural Studies and Ministry, and director of the school’s Catholic-Muslim Studies Program at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.  He serves as consultant on Catholic-Muslim relations for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and for Centro Internazionale di Studi e Ricerche Oasis at the Marcianum in Venice, Italy. Alexander serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Islamic Law and Culture and co-editor of “A Dictionary of Christian-Muslim Relations.” He is the author of a number of articles on Islamic history and religion and Christian-Muslim Relations published in scholarly journals, edited collections, and encyclopedias.

In March 2007, Alexander was one of five U.S. scholars to be awarded an Association of Theological Schools Lilly Faculty Fellowship in support of his research and writing. Beyond his extensive work with the Muslim community in Chicago and the U.S., Alexander has first-hand experience with Muslim communities in the traditional Muslim world and is currently working to expand the outreach of CTU’s Catholic-Muslim Studies Program to similar programs in Nigeria, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.

Christus Theological Institute, housed at Spring Hill College, was formed in 1989 and offers a unique opportunity for grass-roots ecumenism among Christians and churches of the Mobile Bay area.

Admission for Christus members is free and for guests, $2. Byrne Memorial Hall is located near the Old Shell Road entrance to the College. For more information about this lecture or the Christus Theological Institute, contact the Department of Theology at (251) 380-4660 or by e-mail at christus@shc.edu.