zondag 11 maart 2012
Syafaatun in Utrecht
The Norwegian Anne Hege Grung wrote about the Ishmael/Ismail story in Genesis and in the Hadith by Bukhari. She also compared reactions on women passages of the Bible in Timothy 2 with Qur'an 4:34. At the story of Ismail, Bukhari tells how Hagar leaves Ismail under a tree while looking for water. Immediately one of the women cried that this text must have been written by a man, because a mother never will leave her baby without care somewhere in the desert!
Syafaatun gave the printed copy of her dissertation to me (and quite a few other friends here in Utrecht). When Mystic Masters Meet: Towards a New Matrix for Christian-Muslim Dialogue, New York/Istanbul Blue Dome, 2011. Syafa has sent her son to a Gülen elite school in Semarang, so I guess that Blue Dome has some Turkish, perhaps even also Gülen connections, but that is difficult to assess.