The Trialogue of Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Fr. Patrick Ryan

The ‘Trialogue’ of Judaism, Christianity and Islam on ICERM Radio aired on Saturday, May 14, 2016 @ 2 PM Eastern Time (New York).

Fr. Patrick Ryan

Listen to the ICERM Radio talk show, “Lets Talk About It,” for an illuminating interview with Rev. Fr. Patrick Ryan, SJ, Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham University, New York.

In this episode, our distinguished guest, Fr. Patrick Ryan, talks about the ‘trialogue’ of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, a vision that is anchored in his personal and scholastic journey.

In alignment with the theme of the ICERM’s 2016 conference, “One God in Three Faiths: Exploring the Shared Values in the Abrahamic Religious Traditions — Judaism, Christianity and Islam,” and as the McGinley Professor of Religion and Society, Fr. Ryan talks about the importance of bringing Jews, Christians and Muslims together to engage in intellectual exchange for peace.

About Rev. Fr. Patrick Ryan

Patrick J. Ryan, SJ, is the Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham University. A native New Yorker, Fr. Ryan entered the Society of Jesus in 1957, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1968. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English Language and Literature at Fordham, and a PhD in the comparative history of religion from Harvard University (with a specialization in Arabic and Islamic Studies), where he studied with the famous Canadian scholar of Islam, Wilfred Cantwell Smith and the German scholar of Islamic mysticism, Annemarie Schimmel.

For about half of his life as a Jesuit priest, Fr. Ryan worked in West Africa, mostly in Nigeria and Ghana. He has had faculty and administrative appointments at the University of Ghana, the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, and Hekima College in Kenya, and the Gregorian University in Rome. He served as the first President of Loyola Jesuit College, a secondary school in Nigeria’s federal capital, Abuja.

Fr. Ryan has held numerous positions at Fordham. He taught Middle Eastern Studies from 1983-1986, held the Loyola Chair in the Humanities from 1996-1998, and served as Fordham’s Vice President for University Mission and Ministry from 2005-2009 until his appointment in July 2009 as the McGinley Professor, succeeding the late Avery Cardinal Dulles, SJ. He is the author of numerous articles and three books, including Imale: Yoruba Participation in the Muslim Tradition: A Study of Clerical Piety (Scholars Press, 1978).


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