On Thursday, March 21 at 17.00, the ‘Maurice Borrmans’ Library of PISAI will host the 'Georgetown Lecture on Contemporary Islam' by Patrick J. Ryan, S.J., entitled: ‘The Call to Jihad and the Lure of Prosperity: Contemporaries Polarities in African Islam and Christianity’.
Patrick J. Ryan, S.J., is the Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham University, New York. Fr. Ryan entered the Society of Jesus in 1957, and was ordained priest in 1968. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English Language and Literature at Fordham, and a PhD in Comparative History of Religion from Harvard University (with a specialization in Arabic and Islamic Studies).
For about half of his life as a Jesuit priest, Fr. Ryan worked in West Africa, mostly in Nigeria and Ghana. He has had faculty and administrative appointments at the University of Ghana, the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, Hekima College in Kenya, and the Gregorian University in Rome. He served as the first President of Loyola Jesuit College, a secondary school in Nigeria’s federal capital, Abuja. His most recent publication is Amen: Jews, Christians and Muslims Keep Faith with God (Catholic University of America Press, 2018).