The First Muslim Refugees in the Christian Kingdom of Abyssinia: Implications for Christian-Muslim Relations Today
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Join us at St. Paul's Church on Sunday, Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. for our annual Martha J. Horne Lecture. Our speaker this year is Dr. Zeyneb Sayilgan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Islamic Theology and Religious Pluralism at Virginia Theological Seminary, who will discuss "The First Muslim Refugees in the Christian Kingdom of Abyssinia: Implications for Christian-Muslim Relations Today."
The Migration to Abyssinia was an episode in early Islamic history where the first Muslims fled from persecution and sought refuge in the Christian kingdom of Abyssinia, present-day Ethiopia and Eritrea in the year 613. In her presentation, Dr. Sayilgan will reflect on how this historical encounter can inform Christian-Muslim relations today in constructive ways and guide people of faith in the current public discourse on immigration.
The annual Martha J. Horne Lecture honors the significant contributions that VTS Dean Horne has made to the education and formation of many women and men for service in the Church.