Emmanuel professor delivers public lecture on Islam

From Staff Reports
A professor at Emmanuel School of Religion on Thursday evening delivered a lecture in the seminary's chapel on the Islamic faith. The lecture was open to the public.
Dr. Christopher Rollston, who holds both an M.A. degree and Ph.D. from John's Hopkins University in Baltimore, explained to the audience of approximately 70 people that the purpose of the lecture was to provide a summary of the faith, not to idealize it or demean it.
Rollston provided basic information on the faith, such as the name of an adherent to Islam is Muslim; whereas the religion itself is Islam. Not all Arabs are Muslims, and not all Muslims are Arabs.
The prophet Muhammad was born in c. 570 into the tribe known as the Quraysh. His father died before his birth. The Islamic year is lunar, not solar.
The Qur'an (old spelling: "Koran") is the Islamic holy book, written in Arabic. It is divided into Surahs and was revealed to Muhammed, according to the faith, during the course of 22 years.
There are five traditional pillars of Islam: Shahadah, Salat, Zakat, Sawm, and Hajj.
Islam affirms a Day of Judgment, with rewards for the righteous and punishments for the wicked. Islam also emphasizes pious faith a great deal, as well as righteousness towards all people.
For more information on the lecture, contact Rae Augenstein, publications coordinator for Emmanuel School of Religion, at 423-461-1539.
Emmanuel School of Religion is a graduate seminary affiliated with the Christian Church.