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Understanding The Abrahamic Family Through Qibla Studies
October 21, 2020 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm WIBFree
We will explore the “why” and “what” of qibla, the prayer direction of Muslims. Why do religious communities choose to face in a particular direction? What does that direction signify? Understanding of Judaism and early Christianity will provide a helpful context to understand the reason for and meaning of qibla. In doing so, understanding the qibla would help not only Muslims but also Christians and Jews to have a more comprehensive appreciation of their own religions, their shared ancestry as Abrahamic family, and what it means to their relations today.
- Dr. Ari M. Gordon (Director of U.S. Muslim-Jewish Relations, American Jewish Committee)
- Dr. Phil. Sahiron Syamsuddin (Lecturer, Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University Yogyakarta)
- Fr. Archimandrite Daniel Byantoro, PhD (President and Founder, Indonesian Orthodox Church)
Hosted by The Ministry of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia and the Leimena Institute.