Speakers for "Fundamentalism and Violence:
A Dialogue Among Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Leaders"

SPEAKERS TO DATE INCLUDE:

Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong
Author, Authority on Abrahamic Faith Traditions

Karen Armstrong is an internationally known commentator on religious affairs. Before writing her best-selling book, A History of God: The 4,000 Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (1994) she spent seven years as a Roman Catholic nun, took a degree at Oxford, taught secondary school, and worked in British television. Her other works include, Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths (1997) and In the Beginning: A New Interpretation of Genesis (1997). In her most recent book, The Battle for God (2000), Armstrong explores the history of fundamentalism focusing on Protestant fundamentalism in the U.S., Jewish extremism in Israel, and Muslim fundamentalism in Egypt and Iran.


Feisal Abdul Rauf

Feisal Abdul Rauf
Author, teacher, and lecturer

Feisal Abdul Rauf has been Imam of Masjid al-Farah in New York City since 1983. Through his sermons and writings, Imam Abdul Rauf seeks to provide spiritual seekers with answers to their eternal questions that often hinder them from developing a personal relationship with the Divine. He is the founder of the American Sufi Muslim Association, which is dedicated to furthering Islamic Art and Culture. He invites non-Muslims to experience the spiritual impulse of Islam, and Muslims to develop on the spiritual path. He teaches Islam and Sufism at the Center for Religious Inquiry at St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City, and at the New York Seminary. He has been particularly effective with non-Muslims who seek to discover and assimilate the spiritual dimension of the Qur’an and Islam’s ritual teachings, and who seek to understand the Islamic experience from within. He is the author of Islam: A Search for Meaning, in which he defines Islam as the universal religion that goes beyond the cultural settings of the Prophet Muhammad, and Islam: A Sacred Law, What Every Muslim should know about the Shari`ah. Imam Abdul-Rauf is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Islamic Center of New York, and of the Interfaith Center of New York. He lectures regularly at Synagogues, Churches and Mosques, and on radio and television programs in the United States and abroad.


Dr. Susannah Heschel

Dr. Susannah Heschel
Author and associate professor of religion at Dartmouth College

Susannah Heschel holds the Eli Black chair in Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College and is also an associate professor of Religion at that institution. She is the author of numerous studies on modern Jewish thought, including, Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus, and Insider/Outsider: American Jews and Multiculturalism, co-edited with David Biale and Michael Galchinsky. Professor Heschel served as the Martin Buber Visiting Professor of Jewish Religious Philosophy at the University of Frankfurt in 1992-93, and has lectured frequently in Germany on topics related to Jewish-Christian relations, and on feminism and religion. She is the editor of On Being a Jewish Feminist, which first appeared in 1983, and is currently working with Rachel Biale on a collection of essays exploring feminist readings of classical Jewish texts.


The Rev. Jim Wallis

The Rev. Jim Wallis
Founder and Editor, Sojourners Magazine

Jim Wallis is the editor of Sojourners magazine, covering faith, politics and culture for 30 years; and the convener of Call to Renewal, a national federation of churches, denominations, and faith-based organizations working to overcome poverty. Wallis' books include, The Soul of Politics (1994), Who Speaks for God? A New Politics of Compassion, Community, and Civility (1996), and most recently, Faith Works: Lessons From the Life of an Activist Preacher (2000). His columns appear in the Washington Post, LA Times, MSNBC, and Beliefnet. "Deny them the Victory: A Religious Response to Terrorism," a statement co-authored by Wallis responding to the Sept. 11th attacks has been signed by over 3,000 religious leaders of different faith traditions including the heads of five Christian denominations.

     

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