Jihad: Religious and Historical Meaning


Price for Members: $48
Price for Non-Members: $72
Date/Time: Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20 & 27, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Elena Engel, M.A., philosophy, SFSU
Location: Concord Campus


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Jihad is now an infamous term, one appropriated by Islamic extremists and often seen connected in headlines to violent acts. Ms. Engel asks us to delve deeper into the philosophical, religious, and historical meaning of the term. To do so, she’ll draw on philosophical texts as far back as the writings of Plato and move closer to the present with dips into works by Christian and Jewish commentators as well as those of Islamic thinkers. All share a concern about the struggle for self-understanding, or as Islamic tradition refers to it, Jihad. Join OLLI and Ms. Engel for an adventure in looking for commonality across seemingly unbridgeable cultural gulfs. An added benefit: knowing who has a clear grip on the idea of jihad and who doesn’t.


Event Details

Date: 2019-02-06

Start time: 10:30 a.m.

End time: 12:30 p.m.

Venue: Cal State East Bay

Directions: Cal State East Bay, Concord Campus 4700 Ygnacio Valley Road, Concord