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Learning to Think: What is Jesuit Education All About?
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Event Learning to Think: What is Jesuit Education All About?
When Thursday, March 28, 2013 from 12:30pm to 1:30am
Where School of Foreign Service - Qatar Faculty and Staff Lounge
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Details Lecture by Father Thomas Michel, S.J.

This event is opened to the public.
A light lunch will be provided.

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Fr. Thomas Michel was born in St. Louis, U.S.A., in 1941 and ordained a Catholic priest in 1967. In 1969, he entered the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. After studying Arabic and Islamic studies in Egypt and Lebanon, he received a doctorate in Islamic theology at the University of Chicago in the U.S.A. His doctoral thesis was directed by Professor Fazlur Rahman and studied the writings of Muslim scholar Ibn Taymiyya. In 1978, after a year teaching at Columbia University in New York, he returned to Indonesia where he taught Islamic studies at Sanata Dharma University and Christian theology at Islamic theological institutes.

In 1981, Fr. Michel began work in the Vatican’s Council for Interreligious Dialogue, where he became Head of the Office for relations with Muslims. He remained there until 1994, during which time he spent four years teaching an introduction to Christian theology in universities in Turkey. Between 1994-2008 Fr. Michel served as Executive Secretary for Interreligious and Ecumenical Affairs in Bangkok, Thailand, and as Secretary for Interreligious Dialogue for the Jesuits, based in Rome. In recent years, he has taught in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and the Philippines. Between 2008 and 2011 he was living in Ankara, Turkey and has published extensively on modern Muslim thnkers such as Said Nursi and Fethullah Gülen.

In 2008, he received the International Tschelebi Peace Prize from the Islamic Institute of Germany and in 2009 he received the Ali Shir Navai Award from the International Turkish Olympiad in Ankara, Turkey. 2010, he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Theology by the Catholic Theological Union of Chicago, Illinois.
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