Goldziher Lecture on Jewish-Muslim Relations Presented at Merrimack, Rabbi Burton Visotzky to Speak
This lecture, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College, will take place on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in Cascia Hall. It is FREE and all are welcome.
Rabbi Visotzky is the Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He also serves as the Louis Stein Director of the Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies at JTS, and Director of the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue at JTS. Since 1995, Rabbi Visotzky has been deeply involved in work that contributes significantly to reverence, understanding and collaboration in common moral purposes between Jews and Muslims.
During the evening, the winner of the 2014 Goldziher Prize will be announced. The award is given through the generosity of the William and Mary Greve Foundation and the leadership of John Kiser, a principal of the Foundation.
Goldziher (1850-1921) was a Jewish scholar who in 1873 and 1874 toured Constantinople, Beirut, Damascus, Jerusalem, and Cairo where he became a student at Al-Azhar. There he prayed in a mosque and wrote in his diary about the profound effect this had on him. Goldziher, who remained a devoted Jew all of his life, established Islamic Studies as an academic discipline in European Universities.
President Hopey joins Dr. Mohamed Lazzouni, and Cardinal Sean O’Malley in congratulating Rabbi Burton Visotzky from the Jewish Theological Seminary in NYC on his being awarded the 2012 Golziher Award. Sponsored by the Center for Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations.
Cardinal Sean O’Malley came to Merrimack on Monday, October 15 to honor Rabbi Burton Visotzky of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. The College awarded Rabbi Visotzky its prestigious Goldziher Award for his courageous and pioneering work in Jewish-Muslim Relations.