Understanding Religious Conflict


By Barbara Melendez


TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 18, 2010) – Today’s religious conflicts with their ancient roots may be a little easier to comprehend with guidance from some of the scholars taking part in Sacred Leaves Graduate Symposium 2010, a two-day symposium at the University of South Florida. “Encountering the ‘Other’ in the Medieval World: Textual Examinations of Resistance and Reconciliation Across the Traditions, 500-1500” is free and open to the public. Highlights include a keynote address by David Nirenberg, University of Chicago on "Scriptural Conflict, Scriptural Community: Judaism, Christianity, Islam," this evening, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Grace Allen Room, 4th Floor, USF Tampa Library and sponsored by the USF Humanities Institute.


Some of the questions being explored in his presentation include: Do the respective claims of Jewish, Christian, or Islamic scriptures contribute to the violence between the various communities that read them?  Do they, on the contrary, provide a basis for solidarity between the three Abrahamic religions? 


The next day a series of four presentations throughout the morning and afternoon look at: The Other as Beast, Confronting the Other and Appropriating the Other with panelists from USF and the Universities of Johannesburg, Calgary and Virginia as well as Boston College and Villanova, Emory and Texas A & M universities.


For a full detailed schedule visit:  http://guides.lib.usf.edu/content.php?pid=55712&sid=410120.



The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of only 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  USF was awarded $380.4 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2008/2009. The university offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The USF System has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.