MISSION AND MINISTRY | Scriptural scholar and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jack Miles is coming to Loyola Marymount University to talk about his new book, “God in the Qur’an,” on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. He will be speaking in The Hill, on the fourth floor of Malone, at 7 p.m., with a reception and book siging right after. To RSVP click here.
“To have Jack speak with us about his work is an exciting opportunity for the LMU community,” said Amir Hussain, professor of theological studies.
Miles’ book, “God in the Qur’an” (Alfred A. Knopf, November 2018), compares the Muslim scripture with Jewish and Christian texts to explore the character of God. “In his extraordinary, beautifully written book, Jack Miles continues his exploration of the nature of God in scripture by turning his trained eyes to the Qur’an,” said Hussain. “To put it simply, this is one of the finest books I have ever read on the Qur’an, and everyone who truly wants to understand Islam and Muslims should read it.”
Miles is Boston College’s 2018-19 Corcoran Visiting Professor of Christian-Jewish Relations and general editor of “The Norton Anthology of World Religions.” He is also distinguished professor emeritus of English and religious studies at UC Irvine, and senior fellow for religion and international affairs with the Pacific Council on International Policy.
His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Commonweal and many other publications. His book “God: A Biography” won the Pulitzer Prize in 1996 and has been translated into sixteen languages, including Hebrew and Chinese, according to his website.
He writes, “I hope [that by reading this book] you may find it a little easier to trust the Muslim next door, thinking of him as someone whose religion, after all, may not be so wildly unreasonable that someone holding to it could not be a trusted friend.”