Spiritual Grammar

Dominic Longo, an assistant professor of theology and director of the Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center at the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota), will lecture on his new book Spiritual Grammar: Genre and the Saintly Subject in Islam and Christianity on Oct. 5 at 5:30 p.m. in Devlin Hall, room 101. The salient characteristic of this genre of religious literature is that it makes constant references to the grammatical structures of language as a metaphor for how the self is structurally embedded in spiritual reality. Two medieval religious texts will serve as the main examples, The Grammar of Hearts (Naḥw al-qulūb) by Sufi shaykh and Islamic scholar ʿAbd al-Karīm al-Qushayrī and Moralized Grammar (Donatus moralizatus) by Christian theologian Jean Gerson. An alumnus of Boston College, Longo also holds degrees from Harvard University. Sponsor: Heinz Bluhm Memorial Lecture Series.

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2 Responses to Spiritual Grammar

  1. Dear Bookmarks, On October 5th, I’m already booked @ 5:30 PM in Washington, DC where I live. Will the presentation be recorded and made available for the diaspora? Peace, Fr. Fred Close ’69 and ’73 (Law)

    • Bookworm says:

      Dear Fr. Close: Good question. I don’t have the answer, but the organizer of the event is Professor Franco Mormando and his email is franco.mormando@bc.edu. I would suggest contacting him directly. Thank you for your interest.

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