Category: 2017-2019 Miracles

NEXT EVENT 11/16: On the Role of Miracles in the Vimalakirti Sutra in Early Medieval China and Beyond

Shi Jingpeng
Assistant Professor in the School of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Minzu University of China in Beijing, China
Thursday, November 16, 7:00 p.m.
Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center, Drake University
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Shi will speak about the role of miracles in the Vimalakīrti Sutra, an informative text for Chinese Buddhism in particular and Chinese culture in general. Why was this text so influential for a people who tended to value the ordinary and everyday? Why has it continued to be influential as miracles have become more suspect in Chinese culture?

 

Shi Jingpeng is Assistant Professor in the School of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Minzu University of China in Beijing, China.  Shi teaches and researches in the areas of Chinese Buddhist history and philology. His published works include Basic Research on Nirvāna Studies in the Southern and Northern Dynasties in China, and From Dharma-body to Buddha-nature.

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Miracles as Transforming Invitations to Wonder & Gratitude: An Islamic Perspective

Umeyye Isra Yazicioglu
Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, St. Joseph’s University
Thursday, October 5, 7:00 p.m.
Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center, Drake University
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Miracle stories in the Quran interrupt our familiarity with the world. In fact, the Quran (not unlike other scriptures) shocks us with stories like that of virgin birth, instant healing with touch, fire not burning and a staff becoming a serpent. Why? This talk will suggest that these miracle stories in the Quran are in fact transformative invitations to wonder & gratitude. In making this point, the talk will make use of two insightful Islamic theologians, Ghazali (11th century) and Nursi (20th century), with a focus on their approach to the Quran, natural order, and human life.

 

Professor Yazicioglu’s research is on interpretation of the Quran in the contemporary age, Islamic theology and spirituality, with a focus on the works of a significant Muslim theologian, Said Nursi. Her book Understanding Quranic Miracle Stories in the Modern Age (Penn State University Press, 2013) brings Muslim thinkers into conversation with Western thinkers. She is also a team member of an Islamic spirituality non-profit, Receiving Nur. Yazicioglu holds an MA in Islam & Christian-Muslim Relations from Hartford Seminary and a PhD in Religious Studies from University of Virginia.

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