Exorcising Prejudice: The Reformation and the Other (Jews & Turks).
Thursday 24 May in the Thurber Room – Meal at 19h; Presentation 19h45-21h15
Tragic Pasts and Ambiguous Futures: Our Inter-religious World.
Thursday 31 May in the Thurber Room – Meal at 19h; Presentation 19h45-21h15
Rev. Prof. Charles Amjad-Ali, Ph.D., Th.D., was the inaugural Martin Luther King, Jr., Professor of Justice and Christian Community, and the Director of Islamic Studies (Emeritus) at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. He was also the first Archbishop Desmond Tutu Professor of Ecumenical Theology and Social Transformation in Africa at the University of Western Cape in South Africa in 2013. He thus had the honor of occupying two prestigious academic chairs named after two Nobel Laureates of African-American and African descent.
He was the Academic Dean at the SCUPE Consortium for Urban Education, in Chicago, IL in 2014. He is currently working on Christian Muslim relations at the Christian Study Centre in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, as well as labor issues and worker’s rights at the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research in Karachi, Pakistan.
He is an ordained presbyter of the Church of Pakistan, and was the director of the Christian Study Center in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, which focused on Christian-Muslim dialogue, peace advocacy, and human rights work, from 1985 till 1995, the director of political education at the Aurat (Women) Foundation in Pakistan, in 1995-96, and was a founding member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. He was chair of the Urban Rural Mission (URM) of the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME) of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in 1992 and was a core member URM/CWME from 1989-1993. He was also one of the Commissioners of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches from 1989-1993 and for the Christian Conference of Asia from 1993-1996.
He has a M.Div. and Ph.D. (magna cum laude) from Princeton Theological Seminary in Theology and Political Philosophy, a post-doctoral certificate in Islamic Law and History from Columbia University, and did Ph.D. studies in Philosophy and Social Thought at Bonn and Berlin Universities in Germany. He also received an honorary doctorate in Theology from the University of Uppsala, Sweden, on its five-hundred-year anniversary celebrations in 1995.
Among his many publications, the most recent publications are:
• “Jews and Muslims in Europe: Exorcising Prejudice Against the Other,” in Dale Irwin, ed., The Protestant Reformation and World Christianity: Global Perspectives (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2017)
• "Deconstructing Historical Prejudice: Luther's Treatment of the Turks (Muslims)", in Tikkun vol. 32. no. 3 (Summer 2017), 39-43
• "Prejudice and Its Historical Application: A Radical Hermeneutic of Luther's Treatment of the Turks (Muslims) and the Jews" in Liberation from Violence for Life in Peace, 4th volume of a 6 volume work entitled Radicalizing Reformation commemorating the 500 year anniversary of Luther and the Reformation, ed. by Ulrich Duchrow and Craig Nessan, (Berlin, Germany: Lit verlag Dr. Hopf, 2015), pp. 105-142. Published also in the US in Radicalizing Reformation: North American Perspectives, ed., Karen Bloomquist, Craig Nessan and Hans G. Ulrich (Zurich, Switzerland: LIT Verlag, 2016) 204-242, and translated into Spanish, “El Prejuicio y su Aplicacion Historica: Una Hermeneutica Radical del Trato de Lutero a los Turcos (Musulmanes) y a los Judios,” in Radicalizando La Reforma: Otra Teologia para Otro Mundo (San Jose, Costa Rica: Ediciones la Aurora, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2016), pp. 233-376.
• “Challenges of Diversity and Migration in Islamic Political Theory and Theology” in Elaine Padilla and Peter C. Phan, eds., Theology of Migration in the Abrahamic Religions (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014), 187-208
• Dreaming A Different World: Globalisation and Justice for Humanity and the Earth, The Challenge of the Accra Confession for the Churches, ed., with Allan Boesak and Johan Weusmann (2010);
• Leaving the Shadows? Pakistani Christians and the Search for Orientation in an Overwhelmingly Muslim Society, with Theodor Hanf, (2008); and
• Islamophobia or Restorative Justice: Tearing the Veil of Ignorance (2006).
Rev. Dr. Amjad-Ali is also preaching at ACP on Sunday 27 May.
Thurber Lectures is an adult community gathering and growth time that is open to all.