Bryn Mawr President Gives Keynote at Launch of New Cross-Cultural Research Initiative

Posted December 9th, 2010 at 2:24 pm.

mcauliffe-1Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe addressed dozens of other scholars, religious leaders, and business people in New York in November at the launch of Contending Modernities: Catholic, Muslim, Secular.

Contending Modernities is a cross-cultural research initiative based at the University of Notre Dame. Participants are “scholars, public intellectuals, and experts in Catholicism, Islam, and secularism from around the world,” says the initiative’s blog.

McAuliffe was joined in giving keynote remarks by Shaykh Ali Gomaa, Grand Mufti of Egypt, and John T. McGreevy, professor of history and dean of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letter.

The full text of McAuliffe’s remarks, which touch on  “the sacrality and sensuality of the Qur’an”; “the many ‘Catholicisms’ of our modernity”; and the positions of secular and religious traditions with regard to feminism, is available at the Contending Modernities blog.

McAuliffe is an internationally known scholar of Islamic studies whose expertise is in the Qur’an and its interpretations; early Islamic history; and the interrelationships between Islam and Christianity.  She is the editor of the six-volume Encyclopaedia of the Qur’an, the first reference work of its kind in a Western language. She is a past president of the American Academy of Religion, has served on the Vatican’s Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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