Sunday, January 23, 2011

Reflections on the Problem of Black Suffering: A Conversation w/ Sherman Jackson & Cornel West

 Dr. Sherman Jackson and Dr. Cornel West discuss the historical problem and contemporary reality of suffering from both Christian and Muslim perspectives.

The event took place on March 29, 2010 at Princeton University.

About the speakers:

Sherman A. Jackson is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Visiting Professor of Law and Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Michigan. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and has taught at several universities. From 1987 to 1989, he served as Executive Director of the Center of Arabic Study Abroad in Cairo, Egypt. He is author of several books, including Islamic Law and the State: The Constitutional Jurisprudence of Shihâb al-Dîn al-Qarâfî, On the Boundaries of Theological Tolerance in Islam: Abû Hâmid al-Ghazâlî's Faysal al-Tafriqa, Islam and the Blackamerican: Looking Towards the Third Resurrection and Islam and the Problem of Black Suffering. In 2009, he was named among the 500 most influential Muslims in the world. (Wikipedia)

Cornel Ronald West (born June 2, 1953) is an American philosopher, author, critic, actor, civil rights activist and prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America. West is the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University, where he teaches in the Center for African American Studies and in the Department of Religion. West is known for his combination of political and moral insight and criticism and his contribution to the post-1960s civil rights movement. The bulk of his work focuses on the role of race, gender, and class in American society and the means by which people act and react to their "radical conditionedness." West draws intellectual contributions from such diverse traditions as the African American Baptist Church, pragmatism and transcendentalism. (Wikipedia)












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