In an era of increased misunderstanding of the world’s Muslim community, Notre Dame recently launched a Quran Seminar project to encourage constructive new commentary on the Islamic faith’s holiest text. Project co-founder Mehdi Azaiez said the year-long Quran Seminar will draw numerous leading Muslim scholars and intellectuals from around the globe to offer their insight on 50 central Quranic passages. Azaiez said a main goal of the project is to demonstrate how new commentaries on the Quran’s biblical subtext help uncover the richness of its discourse. “The work of the Quran Seminar is to show that there is no separation between the Quran and the Bible, that reading the Quran with its biblical legacy helps us understand better the Quran and its message,” Azaiez said. Azaiez said two prominent Muslim intellectuals will give lectures this week as part of the seminar. Nayla Tabbara, director of cross-cultural studies for a Lebanese non-governmental organization dedicated to Muslim-Christian relations, will speak Thursday night about the Quran and the importance of interfaith dialogue at 7:30 p.m. in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies. Iranian professor Maryam Mussharaf will lecture Friday about mystical commentary on the Quran at 5 p.m. in McKenna Hall. Azaiez said he anticipates the seminar will positively change students’ perceptions of the Quran and of the Islamic community. “It is the possibility to learn from main leaders of Islamic thought today, to maybe be interested and discover more about the Islamic world and its culture,” Azaiez said. “I think it will be an occasion to improve the [students’] knowledge and hopefully break false representations of this world.” Moving forward, Azaiez said he hopes the efforts of the Quran Seminar project will encourage more scholars and students to offer their own respectful interpretations of the text, showcasing the pluralism of contemporary Quranic thought. “We hope this is the beginning of a project that will give ideas for Muslims and non-Muslims to continue in the same way our rich approach to the Quran,” Azaiez said.
continue reading » CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle and Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan were named “Top Lobbyists” in 2020 by The Hill.“In a busy and challenging year for the influence world, these are the people who wielded their clout and knowledge most effectively,” according to the publication.The Hill notes that despite the pandemic and associated economic effects, Nussle and Donovan are among key players members turn to ensure their voices are heard in the nations capital.Both received the same honor in 2019 and 2018 by The Hill. Nussle joined CUNA in September 2014 and has been featured on the list each year since then. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Social media reacts to Knicks trading Kristaps Porzingis to Mavericks Knicks executives believe the team is heading in the right direction.New York traded star forward Kristaps Porzingis to the Mavericks on Thursday in exchange for a package around Dennis Smith Jr. as well as the expiring contracts of DeAndre Jordan and Wes Matthews. Mills said the team felt Porzingis was a great player. But, he told reporters the 23-year-old “made it clear” during a meeting earlier in the day he didn’t want to be part of the organization moving forward.”We feel like we did the right thing,” Mills said. “When you are thinking in the long-term, you don’t want to commit a max contract to a player that doesn’t want to be here.”I’m relieved that we know. We want to know if you’re in with us, or not in with us. When he says he doesn’t want to be part of this, then we know.” NBA free agency rumors: Rockets interested in Wesley Matthews if he receives buyout from Knicks Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry discussed the deal with reporters after the move became official.Full press release: https://t.co/l7C9fYzlCq pic.twitter.com/ulbfRI5WHY— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) January 31, 2019″I’m very pleased with what we are getting back in this deal,” Perry said, via ESPN. “We are extremely confident in the direction we are headed.” Related News Porzingis suffered a torn ACL in February 2018 and has not played this season. He has averaged 17.8 points and 7.1 rebounds over 186 career games.The Knicks have been one of the worst teams in the NBA this season and will enter their matchup against the Celtics on Friday with a 10-40 record.