Zeyneb and Salih Sayilgan
Chaplain-In-Residence - New South 226
Zeyneb and Salih are a Muslim married couple deeply committed to interreligious understanding.
Zeyneb is seeking her PhD in Theological and Religious Studies in the Department of Theology at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Previously, she has obtained an MA in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary, CT and her BA/MA in Islamic Studies and Law from the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany where she grew up. Her main interests are Islamic Ethics, Islam in Europe and Christian-Muslim Relations. She is adjunct faculty at the Catholic University in DC and at the Washington Theological Consortium. She is also the Luce Visiting Scholar at Virginia Theological Seminary teaching courses on Islam and Christian-Muslim relations. As a regular writer for the German online journal MIGAZIN (Migration in Germany www.migazin.de), she discusses issues concerning integration and Islam in Germany.
Salih is currently pursuing a PhD in Religion and Culture in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He received his MA in Religious Studies from the University of Alberta in Canada and his BA/MA in Turkish literature from Marmara University in Turkey. His particular interest is Qur`anic ethics, the use of scripture in the discourse of modern Muslim intellectuals and Islamic movements. Salih has conducted research in Germany, Estonia, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt. Salih is also an adjunct faculty at the Washington Theological Consortium teaching courses on Christian-Muslim relations and Islam. Along with Zeyneb, Salih is a frequent lecturer at churches and many dialogue events.
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