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Prof. Ines Angeli Murzaku is Headed to Amman, Jordan to Participate in Inter-religious Conference
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Prof. Ines Angeli MurzakuInes Angeli Murzaku Ph.D., Professor of Religion and Chair of the Department of Catholic Studies is invited by Universal Peace Federation, a NGO in special consultative status with the economic and social council of the United Nations, to address and participate in a special consultation on the current crisis in Syria. This special consultation will bring together twenty religious leaders, academics and Middle East experts to reflect on "The Prospects for Dialogue and Reconciliation in Syria: The Role of Religion in International Relations." The consultation is being convened in Amman, Jordan on October 11-13, 2013. There is growing, yet still inadequate awareness of the important role which religions could and should play in international relations. Some of the obstacles are related to outdated attitudes toward religion on the part of the mainstream community of international relations experts, and some of the obstacles are related to religion’s own inadequacies and unfortunate practices. These obstacles can be overcome, and religion can be a significant and constructive player in global affairs. The consultation will provide an opportunity for experts and religious leaders to consider the way in which religious believers of diverse faiths and ethnic or national backgrounds can come together in a spirit of harmony and cooperation to speak with one voice of the need for dialogue, cooperation, and peace. Dr. Murzaku's paper will focus on the role of inter-faith and inter-religious education in building a long-lasting peace and stability in Syria and elsewhere.

About the Department of Catholic Studies
Established in 2012-- the Year of Faith and the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II -- the Department of Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University, America's oldest diocesan university, fosters Seton Hall's Catholic identity and mission by exploring the relationship of Catholicism with all areas of culture and learning. Since its focus is the Church's encounter and dialogue with society or the Church in the world, Vatican II designated a special place for Catholic Studies as a discipline in academic life. As a result, Catholic Studies is a dialogue between Catholicism and culture that occurs in a special way at Catholic universities. While respecting other disciplines, Catholic Studies explores theology and philosophy in relation to culture, humankind and the world. This methodological approach opens up a place for all other disciplines; these enrich Catholic Studies and are enriched in return. Catholic Studies builds upon and develops the themes and questions addressed in the University Core Curriculum and is complementary to other disciplines. A bachelor’s degree in Catholic Studies is an interdisciplinary, liberal arts degree — a major that enhances every other major.

For more information please contact:
Ines Murzaku
(973) 275-5845


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