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The Role of Sufism in Contemporary Islam

Father Alberto Ambrosio, O.P.
When: Monday, September 16, 2013, 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Where: Aquinas Institute of Theology
Cost: This is a free event
This presentation will focus on:
  • The place of Sufism in Islamic culture today
  • The role of Sufism in the political and cultural discourse of the Middle East
  • What Sufism brings to Christian-Muslim encounter/dialogue and East/West cultural dialogue
  • Current trends/questions in Sufi studies (latest research and interest)
  • Contextualizing contemporary Islam given the current political/social climate
For More Information contact Donna Burns at 314.256.8850
About Father Alberto Ambrosio, O.P.
Father Alberto Fabio Ambrosio, O.P., is a scholar of Sufism and Turkish culture. In 2002, he received an MA in Turkish and an MAS in Catholic Theology having written on the initiation rites of the Sufi Bektashi order, as well as a comparison between Hinduism and Sufism as taught by Bayazid Bastami. In 2007, he received his doctorate in Modern and Contemporary History from the University of Paris IV-Sorbonne, having researched the practices and doctrines of the Whirling Dervishes in the Ottoman Empire during the 17th Century. In August, 2012, he was featured on NPR's program, On Being with Krista Tippett. Father Ambrosio has resided in Istanbul since 2003.

Currently, Father Ambrosio is an associate scholar at the French Institute for Anatolian Studies (IFEA, Istanbul), a corresponding member of the Dominican Institute for Oriental Studies (IDEO, Cairo), a visiting professor of the Pontifical Gregorian University (Gregorian, Rome), the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum, Rome), and the Theological Faculty of Emilia Romagna (FTER, Bologna), and is a regular contributor to the Vatican paper, L'Osservatore Romano.


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