Science and Religion in Islam: The Link

From Easy Nash Summer reading for those who are interested; My choice of the top 50 posts in my 375-post Blog My blog postings are about to become sporadic as the summer vacation dawns upon us so I came up with a list of my top 50 posts as I see them. They represent a tiny fraction of my experiential encounter with the religion of … Continue reading Science and Religion in Islam: The Link

Progressive Religious Voices: Featured Podcast – Eboo Patel

From Progressive Religious Voices Eboo Patel is founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based international nonprofit that is building the interfaith movement through service and dialoge. His blog, The Faith Divide, explores what drives faiths apart and what brings them together. Eboo is the author of Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the soul of … Continue reading Progressive Religious Voices: Featured Podcast – Eboo Patel

British Author Karen Armstrong: Time Ripe Now For Muslims To Be Creative

From UniquePakistan.com Time Ripe Now For Muslims To Be Creative Friday, 01 February 2008 Time ripe now for Muslims to be creative and spread the beauty of Islam across the world, said British author Karen Armstrong, the most celebrated British writer, who has received world acclaim for her biography of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), in a talk given at a function hosted by the Aga Khan … Continue reading British Author Karen Armstrong: Time Ripe Now For Muslims To Be Creative

Updated: First Alliance of Civilizations Forum in Madrid

Post Updated: Please note that the organizers have updated their list of participants. Participant list includes Tom Kessinger, General Manager, Aga Khan Foundation. For more on Tom Kessinger, consult information on this link. The participants list also includes Eboo Patel, founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based international nonprofit that promotes interfaith cooperation. He is also a member of the National … Continue reading Updated: First Alliance of Civilizations Forum in Madrid

Bush intervenes in the Alliance of Civilizations

United States will join for the first time an initiative of the Alliance of Civilizations that prompted Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, according to government sources. The announcement of this engagement will take place next week in Madrid in the so-called Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations, to be held on Tuesday and Wednesday. In that forum, the U.S. ambassador to Spain, Eduardo Aguirre, announced that … Continue reading Bush intervenes in the Alliance of Civilizations

Houston Chronicle: Houstonians open homes for interfaith dinner dialogue

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By BARBARA KARKABI and KRISTINA HERRNDOBLER
Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle

A Sikh and a Muslim who sat down for dinner at a Jewish home Thursday night agreed on what drew them to the gathering.

“In my vocabulary, there is no such thing as coincidence. We are here for a reason,” Bindu Malhotra, the Sikh, said of the interfaith dinner.

“I feel God is making all this happen,” agreed Nasru Rupani, an Ismaili Muslim who said he wanted to give a face to Islam.

The two were among more than 800 Houstonians to attend Amazing Faiths Dinner Dialogues held simultaneously at 73 homes around the city.

Their host, Ann Nunes, was delighted with the religious diversity of the nine guests at her Meyerland-area home. “I just feel it’s important for all of us to know and appreciate each other and how much wisdom and beauty we all have to offer,” she said.

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Chicago Tribune: Practicing the fine art of cultural acceptance

“It’s very important to create a space for Muslims to come forward and express what it means to be Muslim,” said Tazim Kassam, chairman of the department of religion at Syracuse University. “It doesn’t mean opposition to modernity, or opposition to the West. There’s an enormously rich musical tradition in Islam, and this is not always appreciated or known.”

By Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah
Tribune staff reporter
November 9, 2007

The tiny community of Ismaili Muslims in Chicago numbers just 5,000 or so, but last month the Ismailis’ annual Partnership Walk, which raises money to fight global poverty, drew 3,000 people to Millennium Park.

On Friday, the little-known community will hold another high-profile event, a Symphony Center concert of traditional musicians from the predominantly Muslim nations of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in central Asia.

Ismailis, Shia Muslims who focus on esoteric interpretations of the Quran, number about 15 million out of an estimated 1 billion Muslims worldwide. For centuries, they have been a minority in most places where they have lived.

As minorities, sometimes persecuted, Ismailis have developed a long history of trying to reach beyond the boundaries of their community and learn to live with dominant majorities, whether it is other Muslim societies in Africa and Asia or the predominantly Christian and secular United States.

With the help of Prince Aga Khan, the Ismailis’ spiritual leader and one of the richest men in the world, they’ve been able to take on ambitious endeavors across the globe, establishing schools and hospitals and restoring prized Islamic monuments. The $500,000 Aga Khan Award for Architecture is now recognized as the world’s most lucrative prize in that field.

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture is co-sponsoring Friday’s event, called “Mystics, Nomads, and Troubadours in Central Asian Music.” For the Ismailis, culture is key to finding common ground.

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Diversity of Interpretations

We are all aware that we live in a world where diversity is often evoked as a threat and, more particularly, where diversity in the interpretation of a faith can be seen as a sign of disloyalty. This phenomenon is sometimes perceived to apply principally to Muslims, but it also exists in other societies. Absolutist, exclusivist, and rejectionist claims to the truth, especially to religious … Continue reading Diversity of Interpretations