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FAU’s ‘Children of Abraham’ Trialogue Analyzes Interfaith Dialogue

BOCA RATON, Fla. (February 4, 2014) – Florida Atlantic University presents “Children of Abraham,” a trialogue consisting of speakers from the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths. These speakers will look at interfaith relations from a woman’s perspective. The event will take place on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the University Theatre, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus, and is free and open to the public.

Some of the questions that the panelists will address include: Do women bring a unique perspective to interfaith conversation? Where and what are the stumbling blocks to greater interfaith understanding? Where and what are the fruitful opportunities to deeper understanding as Jews, Christians and Muslims seek to live faithfully in a religiously diverse and pluralist world?

The panelists include:

  • Susannah Heschel, the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. Her scholarship focuses on Jewish-Christian relations in Germany during the 19th and 20th centuries, the history of biblical scholarship, and the history of anti-Semitism. Her numerous publications include “Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus,” which won a National Jewish Book Award and Germany's Geiger Prize, and “The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany.”
  • Nimat Hafez Barazangi, Ph.D., a research fellow at the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Center at Cornell University. Barazangi’s scholarly-activist work with Arab, Muslim, and non-Muslim organizations and individuals has been intertwined with her academic research and achievements. She wrote “Woman’s Identity and the Qur’an: A New Reading,” labeled by one reviewer as “the most radical book in the last 14th centuries of Islam.
  • Sheryl A. Kujawa-Holbrook, a priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, an educator, historian of religion, and practical theologian. She is currently vice president of academic affairs, dean of the faculty, and professor of practical theology and religious education at the Claremont School of Theology and professor of Anglican Studies at Bloy House, the Episcopal Theological School at Claremont.

The trialogue is sponsored by FAU’s Raddock Family Eminent Scholar in Holocaust Studies, B’nai Torah Congregation of Boca Raton, and St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Boca Raton. For more information, contact Bonnie Lander at 561-297-2979 or


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