Dr. Taner Demirci Lopez has been named Charles K. and Esther C. Krieger Visiting Scholar at Defiance College.

Endowed by the Charles K. and Esther C. Krieger Foundation, the Visiting Scholar Program brings religious specialists to the college’s campus each year in the fields of Judaism, Christianity or Islam.

Lopez begins his Visiting Scholar position with the fall semester and will continue through the 2019-2020 academic year. His research interests include Islamic theology, Quranic theology, Judeo-Christian theology and interfaith and inter-theological dialogue on Christian-Muslim relations.

“As a citizen of our globalized world and a professional who has dedicated the last fifteen years of his life to interfaith brotherhood, I am thankful to the Krieger Foundation for its contribution to world peace by establishing the interreligious dialogue program,” Lopez said. He believes multicultural and interreligious dialogue is the most important component to achieve peace and to prevent possible international religious conflicts in the future. He continued: “I am honored that Defiance College has given me the opportunity to participate in this peace mission and very excited to work with the college community.”

While at Defiance College, Lopez will be teaching Approaches to Religion, World Issues, Ethics and other courses related to his expertise in Islam. Interfaith dialogue and programming will be developed under his leadership as part of the Krieger Visiting Scholar vision.

“His work and experience aligns with the college’s mission and the vision of the Krieger Visiting Scholar program,” said Dr. Agnes Caldwell, vice president for academic affairs and academic dean of Defiance College. “We are excited to welcome him to our campus faculty. Dr. Lopez’s knowledge will expand the area of religious expertise on campus and aid students in better understanding the connections between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.”

(Information courtesy of Defiance College)

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