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The library hosts events, exhibits, and art displays throughout the year. These enhance the cultural and academic life of the Dickinson community by illuminating resources and research activity, and promoting scholarship and creative endeavors on campus. Student photography, treasures from the archives, sculptures and artwork: you can find it all here, so don't forget to take a break from your studying to check out the latest.

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November 2018

Library Events

OFRENDA CELEBRATION 

Thursday, Nov 1st, 5-6 pm, Main Level - Circulation Area

FACULTEA: ANGELA DELUTIS-EICHENBERGER - THE DAMAGE AND DEMISE OF THE IGLESIA DE LA COMPAÑÍA IN SANTIAGO, CHILE

Wednesday, Nov 7, 4:30 pm, Main Level - Stafford Reading Area (Fishbowl)

Exhibits and Book Displays

FRANKENREADS GOTHIC LITERATURE EXHIBIT

Reference area - Main Level

OFRENDA DÍA DE MUERTOS EXHIBIT

Circulation Area - Main Level

CARLISLE INDIAN INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL, 1879 - 1918 EXHIBIT

Archives Hallway - Lower Level

STUDENT PRANKS FROM THE PAST EXHIBIT

Archives Hallway - Lower Level

NOTABLE DICKINSONIANS: SELECTIONS FROM ALUMNI/AE PAPERS EXHIBIT

Archives and Special Collections - Lower Level

HISTORY COMES OUT: SELECTIONS FROM THE LGBT CENTER OF CENTRAL PA HISTORY PROJECT EXHIBIT

Friends of the Library Area - Lower Level

THIS SEMESTER ON CAMPUS BOOK DISPLAY

Reference Area - Main Level

DICKINSON VOTES DISPLAY

Reference Area - Main Level

HATS AT DICKINSON EXHIBIT

Upper Level

 

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Featured Faculty Publication

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John of Damascus and Islam: Christian Heresiology and the Intellectual Background to Earliest Christian-Muslim Relations​

Peter Schadler 

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Assistant Professor of Religion (2017)

 

How did Islam come to be considered a Christian heresy? In this book, Peter Schadler outlines the intellectual background of the Christian Near East that led John, a Christian serving in the court of the caliph in Damascus, to categorize Islam as a heresy. Schadler shows that different uses of the term heresy persisted among Christians, and then demonstrates that John’s assessment of the beliefs and practices of Muslims has been mistakenly dismissed on assumptions he was highly biased. The practices and beliefs John ascribes to Islam have analogues in the Islamic tradition, proving that John may well represent an accurate picture of Islam as he knew it in the seventh and eighth centuries in Syria and Palestine.

 

Recommended Citation:

Schadler, Peter. John of Damascus and Islam: Christian Heresiology and the Intellectual Background to Earliest Christian-Muslim Relations. Boston: Brill, 2018.