Special Series: Islamic Scholars Speak Out - 2011
by Talya Ezrahi
In this first article in a series on Islamic scholars speaking out about religious tolerance, Search for Common Ground editor Talya Ezrahi interviews Dr. Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi, a Jerusalem-born academic and peace activist, to discuss how the Wasatia movement he founded can be a means to peace between Israelis and Palestinians. (Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 12 April 2011) (Photo: Beth Rankin)
by Qazi Abdul Qadeer Khamosh
In this second article in a series on Islamic scholars speaking out about religious tolerance, Qazi Abdul Qadeer Khamosh, Founder and Chairman of two Pakistani organisations, Muslim Christian Federation International (MCFI) and Dialogue, looks at the recent demonstrations in Afghanistan following the Qurían burning in Florida, and asks what lessons can be learnt for Pakistan. (Source: Common Ground News Service, 19 April 2011)
by Musharraf Hussain
In this third article in a series on Islamic scholars speaking out about religious tolerance, Musharraf Hussain, former Co-Chair of the Christian-Muslim Forum in the UK, asks British Christians and Muslims to get out of their comfort zones to create a more cohesive British society. (Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 26 April 2011)
by Sheikh Ibrahim Ramadan
In this fourth article in a series on Islamic scholars speaking out about religious tolerance, Sheikh Ibrahim Ramadan from Lebanon challenges us to respect religionís scope and compassion by recognising the right of others to exist and to disagree. (Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 7 June 2011)
by Ahmad Suaedy
In this fifth article in a series on Islamic scholars speaking out about religious tolerance, Ahmad Suaedy, Executive Director of the Wahid Institute, discusses how the decision of the governor of Yogyakarta, Indonesia, to refuse to ban a religious sect sets a significant precedent. (Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 14 June 2011)
by Sheikh Hani Fahs
In this sixth and final article in a series on Islamic scholars speaking out about religious tolerance, Sayyed Hani Fahs, a member of the Supreme Shiite Islamic Council, discusses the ways in which Lebanonís many confessional religious leaders come together to promote dialogue in the country. (Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 28 June 2011)
 
 
 
 
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