Two U.S. friends and an Iraqi archaeologist – plus Pope & President – visit the ruins of Sumer in southern Iraq. Pope Francis visited there in March, 2021 because traditionally that is where Abraham, the “Father” of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, is from. During this visit, the history of the Sumerians is discussed along with a surprising story of probably the first-ever reported teacher-student-parent corruption!
Gratitude involves the acknowledgement of what people have or receive and the conscious action of wanting to give back in some ways. When applied in an academic context, gratitude can help students to improve student/teacher and student/student relationships; it can help them to be more aware of their learning environment and increase understanding and focus on their studies. It can also improve mental health and wellbeing of both students and teachers.
With global attention drawn to Afghanistan these days and the plight of girls and women there to have access to education, Dr. Riffat Hassan explains that the Quran does not exclude women from being educated. In fact, the Quran, as the most authoritative source of Islam, actually requires education for both women’s personal development and that of their community.
Our old wisdom when we lived on a tiny plot of the vast Earth is no longer adequate to deal with the tsunami of experiences and deluge of knowledge that is flooding over us today! We are increasingly aware that our understanding of the world is not limited and static. We must realize that all of our “knowledge” is interpreted and that nobody knows everything about anything. Therefore, dialogue is the path to building a bridge toward peace and understanding of others.
The world is too complicated for anyone to grasp alone; increasingly, we can understand reality only with the help of the other, in Dialogue. This is important, because how we understand the world determines how we act in the world.
Imagine, if you will, a chance meeting between three historically significant “revolutionary teachers” on the plains of ancient Antioch, and you have this whimsical account skillfully delivered by Demetrios J. Constantelos (as translated from the Greek by Sophia Demas). Those interested in the personalities of history and what they may have thought in relation to other figures and events will find this essay both entertaining and didactic.