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Human struggle and hope – Christian and Muslim perspectives

Mona Siddiqui, OBE, Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies, University of Edinburgh.

Date/Time: 1st November 2016, 17:30 - 18:45

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

Free admission, all seats allocated on a first-come first-served basis. 

Struggle and hope overlap. People generally – and those who believe in a higher reality in particular – are not concerned with avoiding suffering and struggle but rather with the question of how we live well with human struggle and hope.

This lecture explores literary, theological and philosophical ways of thinking about the theme of struggle through close consideration of the lives and works of significant figures drawn from the history of Christian and Islamic thought.

How did such figures deal with personal struggle and conscience amidst the political and social realities of their times, and does their writing reveal the depths of spiritual emptiness or spiritual hope or both?