“We are very fortunate to have a scholar of Professor Esack’s stature as our Brueggeman Professor,” says James Buchanan, director for the center. “He is one of the world’s leading experts on HIV/AIDS and Islam. In addition to informing us about his work, he will tell of the work in which he has been able to engage his students which will result in books and resources that will be used by the United Nations and other organizations.”
Prior to being named Brueggeman chair, Esack, a Muslin scholar from South Africa, was the Besl Family chair of ethics/religion and society at Xavier.
Esack lectures worldwide and has served as the director and trustee of a number of companies and NGOs, including the Community Development Resource Association, the (AIDS) Treatment Action Campaign and Muslim Peace Fellowship.
In addition to a number of articles and books, he has also written, On Being a Muslim: Finding a Religious Path in the World Today.
The Brueggeman chair in theology is an annual visiting professorship in religious studies and brings notable theologians of varied religious traditions to Xavier University for one semester. The chair is supported by the Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue.