Union Theological Seminary will present a discussion on the topic, Savage or Civilized? Prophet Muhammad, Muslims, and Violence, on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 7:00pm.
In the past month, a previously-released film, which negatively depicts Prophet Muhammad, gained increased circulation throughout the world. This gave rise to a number of protests, sometimes violent, in countries ranging fromAustraliatoNigeriatoEgypt. In the wake of these protests, public discourse has focused on notions of “Muslim rage” and whether there exists an inherent intolerance within the Islamic tradition to free speech and diversity of opinion. Recent incendiary advertisements in the NYC subway system have added further fuel to this debate.
Why do we see such protests when Muhammad is negatively depicted? Is it incumbent upon Muslims to defend the character of Muhammad? If so, what is the justification for violent defense? Moreover, what role exactly does Muhammad play in Muslim consciousness? What are the theological underpinnings that may or may not support such reactions? Join Jerusha Lamptey and members of the Union Theological Seminary for an exploration of these questions and more.
Union Theological Seminary
New York, NY