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Just last week, ICJS Muslim Scholar Zeyneb Sayilgan finished teaching an 8-week course on the major themes of the Qur’an and Muslim theologian Said Nursi.

There were many lessons and a great depth of history that Sayilgan was able to impart to participants about this post-revolutionary Turkish theologian. Nursi wrote about the compatibility of Islam with modern life. The real enemy of the people is not each other, he wrote, but “ignorance, poverty, and disunity.”

Nursi’s message resonates clearly today, and is what drives us here at ICJS to offer dialogue, friendship, and education as a way to counter ignorance and bridge divides. In this time of religious festivity and reflection, we invite you to continue to join us in interreligious learning and discovery with upcoming programs.


"I believe that we are collectively called to cultivate a social climate that encourages rich intellectual and spiritual exchanges that are marked by an attitude of compassion, humility and hospitality. If you are confident and firm in your Truth, you will not feel threatened by views that differ from your own." 

—ICJS Muslim Scholar Zeyneb Sayilgan


On March 22, ICJS Muslim Scholar Zeyneb Sayilgan participated in a panel for the Women of BHC's (Baltimore Hebrew Congregation) Annual Interfaith Institute exploring ways to engage with the communities that subscribe to faith traditions different from one's own.

Read Sayilgan's remarks...


What's Going on Here? A Conversation with ICJS Scholars
on Making Sense of Religions Amidst Insurrection

RELIGIOUS BIAS & THE CAPITOL INSURRECTION:A Conversation on Rhetoric, Truth, and Coming Together

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Following the well-received post-Inauguration public conversation on politics and religion, ICJS Scholars explored the mix of religious, civic, and conspiracy-theory images and symbolism that came together in rallies and marches against the 2020 election results, culminating in the attempted insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. ICJS Scholars explored an interconnected web of topics, examining the sometimes graphic imagery displayed by participants, highlighting notions of good and evil, and commenting on the intersections of free speech and violence. Read more...


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Law and Freedom at the Border of Christianity and Islam

Tuesdays, Apr 20, 27, May 4
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Film Discussion on the Life and Legacy of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Film Discussion on the Life and Legacy of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
4:00-5:00 p.m.



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Passover Becomes About Matzah When the Paschal Lamb Becomes Associated with Jesus

"As late as the Second Temple period, Passover and Chag HaMatzot were viewed as two separate holidays. What was the final impetus to concretize the synthesis of these holidays into one?"

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Don't Expect a Normal Easter

"Although more than three-quarters of U.S. adults who regularly attended religious services before the COVID-19 crisis feel confident they could safely go to church right now, only 42% reported they had actually done so in the past month, Pew found. That second figure’s risen only 9% in the past nine months."

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American Muslim Voters: Also not a Monolith

American Muslim Voters: Also Not a Monolith

"Although a clear majority of American Muslims voted for Joe Biden, a substantial proportion still cast a ballot for Donald Trump." notes guest lecturer Youssef Chouhoud. "What explains this seemingly surprising result, which was replicated to varying degrees among several other minority groups?"

See more from AVACGIS

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NOTE: The series is taking a break for the holidays; publishing of essays will resume April 6.

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