Thursday 30th April 2015 5pm – One more lecture at the Pontificio Istituto di Studi Arabi e d’Islamistica to be given by Prof. Mark SWANSON from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. An ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Mark SWANSON came to the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago from Luther Seminary where he taught Islamic Studies, Christian-Muslim Relations, Arabic Language and Early Church History. Before that, he served for 14 years on the faculty of the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, Egypt. His research interests include the history of Christian-Muslim relations, medieval Egyptian Church History, and early Arabic Christian Literature. Among Mark SWANSON’s current assignments: Member of the (four-member) Editorial Board of the monograph series, “The History of Christian-Muslim Relations” (Brill); Member of a team producing a three-volume set, The Popes of Egypt (Cairo and New York, American University in Cairo Press); Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Coptica (Los Angeles).
The title of his lecture, to be given in English, is Christian-Muslim Conversation Today: Assessing the Contribution of the Arabic Christian Theological Heritage.