Special Series: Spiritual Leaders and Interfaith Dialogue - 2010
by Rabbi Michael Cohen
In this first article in a series on spiritual leaders and interfaith dialogue, Rabbi Michael Cohen, Director of Special Projects for the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, contemplates the impact religious leaders could have on bringing Israelis and Palestinians closer to resolving the ongoing conflict by introducing a model of sharing when it comes to the Holy Sites in Jerusalem, Hebron and Bethlehem.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 10 August 2010) 
by Haroon Nasir
Amidst news reports of devastating floods and spates of violence against religious minorities, good news in Pakistan is often overshadowed. Haroon Nasir, Director of the Gulshan Centre for the Study of Islam and Christianity in Pakistan’s Mansehra District, describes some of successful efforts to bring the country’s Christians and Muslims together in this second article in a series on religious leaders and interfaith dialogue.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 31 August 2010) 
by Tareq Oubrou
In this third article in a series on religious leaders and interfaith dialogue, Tareq Oubrou, Director of the Bordeaux Mosque and President of the Imams of France Association, considers the role of interfaith and intercultural dialogue as societies seemingly become more religious.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 7 September 2010) 
by Mohamad Bashar Arafat
In this fourth article in a series on spiritual leaders and interfaith dialogue, Imam Mohamad Bashar Arafat, President of the Islamic Affairs Council of Maryland, describes what happens when youth from around the world are exposed to one another – and their respective politics, religions, histories and cultures.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 21 September 2010) 
by Riad Jarjour
Reverend Dr. Riad Jarjour explains in this fifth article in a series on spiritual leaders and interfaith dialogue how properly designed dialogue can turn religious pluralism into a tool for peacemaking in places like Iraq and Sudan, where a formative national identity is being trumped by confessional and sectarian allegiances.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 21 September 2010) 
by Mohammad Ali Shomali
In this sixth article in a series on spiritual leaders and interfaith dialogue, Mohammed Ali Shomali, an associate professor from Qom, Iran, suggests that working to discover common ground with people of other faiths is not only central to Islam but also essential in today’s interconnected world.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 5 October 2010) 
by Elga J. Sarapung
In this last article in a series on spiritual leaders and interfaith dialogue, Elga J. Sarapung, Director of the interfaith dialogue groups Institut DIAN/Interfidei, discusses the pivotal role religious leaders can play in calming religious tension in Indonesia.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 19 October 2010) 
 
 
 
 
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