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Christian Lives Given to the Study of Islam$
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Christian W. Troll and C.T.R. Hewer

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823243198

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823243198.001.0001

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Liminality: Living on Borders

Liminality: Living on Borders

(p.163) Liminality: Living on Borders
Christian Lives Given to the Study of Islam

Patrick Ryan

Fordham University Press

“Every night my mind drifts back to West Africa” – the testimony of Ryan, the American Jesuit, whose life was lived “on the borders” between Nigeria, Ghana, The Gambia, and the USA, especially his native New York. The Yoruba people, half Muslim – half Christian, formed the focus of doctoral studies at Harvard under the influence of Wilfred Cantwell Smith and Annemarie Schimmel. The chapter details a life spent shuttling between assignments and experiences in the two regions and it is marked with an array of influential friends who inspire and support; within the discipline: Humphrey Fisher, Lamin Sanneh and John Alden Williams. The traveller rests at Fordham with a new venture in Jewish-Christian-Muslim dialogue.

Keywords:   Ryan, Jesuit, Nigeria, Ghana, Yoruba, Cantwell Smith, Annemarie Schimmel, Fordham, Jewish-Christian-Muslim

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