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Thursday, May 25 2023

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


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In Islamic theology, life in this world is ephemeral and a test for all beings to see if they are able to enter Paradise. In this talk, Dr. Zeki Saritoprak will examine three main themes related to his upcoming book, Islamic Eschatology. Dr. Saritoprak, will begin by examining the Islamic understanding of death and what happens when an individual dies. From this he will look at the chain of events that leads to the resurrection of all of human souls and what will happen on the Day of Judgement. Finally, Dr. Saritoprak will look at Paradise and hell in the Islamic tradition and what the Qur'an and hadith say about the eternal abodes. 

Dr. Saritoprak has been teaching Islamic Studies courses in the Theology and Religious Studies Department at JCU since 2002. Since then, he has become the inaugural holder of the Beddiuzzaman Said Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies. At JCU, Dr. Saritoprak has been a tireless advocate for diversity and helping JCU to become a more welcoming place for Muslim and other minority students. He helped found, and still serves as, the adviser for the Muslim Student Society and often leads the group's Jummuah or Friday prayer.

Outside of JCU, Dr. Saritoprak has been a leader in dialogue and interfaith work. He is a member of the National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue and currently a Muslim co-Chair for the Midwest Catholic Muslim Dialogue both of which are co-sponsored by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Islamic Society of North America. In his many writings including his books on Islam's Jesus and Islamic Spirituality and his countless public appearances, Dr. Saritoprak has become a tireless advocate for dialogue, reconciliation, and peace between the adherents of the world's religious traditions. He is currently working on a Manuscript for a book on Islamic Eschatology.