DEBBIE ALMONTASER Receives Peacemaker Award - MLT, New York
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Debbie Almontaser was recently awarded the Local Peacemaker Award by Pax Christie Metro New York. Debbie was honored at an awards reception on March 16th, 2008 at the Judson Memorial Church in New York City. Other honorees included Martin Sheen, Rudy Cypser and Betty Cypser. According to Pax Christie Metro New York, the award honors those whose efforts, vision, and spirit lead the way to peace.
Imam Yahya Pallavicini - MLT, Italy
Press Release (PDF) | Imam Yahya Pallavicini’s Bio (PDF)
Imam Yahya Pallavicini, Vice-President of CO.RE.IS. (Comunità Religiosa Islamica), met with a delegation representing the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Imam Pallavicini attended this meeting as part of the Delegation of the Signatories of the Open Letter. This meeting took place in Vatican City on Tuesday, March 4th, and on Wednesday, March 5th, 2008.
These meetings were part of an effort to further develop Catholic-Muslim dialogue. The participants agreed to establish “The Catholic-Muslim Forum” and to organize the first seminar of the forum in Rome on November 4-6, 2008.
Imam Haneef Rashada - MLT, New Jersey
HOPE Postcard | Imam Haneef Rashada's Bio
Imam Haneef Rashada was a guest lecturer at the H.O.P.E. Center's Abrahamic Faith Traditions Service & Presentation on March 16th, 2008, in Elizabeth, NJ.
Mona Eltahawy - MLT, New York
"A Responsible Response to Geert Wilders" (Agence Global)
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Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning New York-based journalist and commentato,r and an international lecturer on Arab and Muslim issues. Her essays make her one of few writers whose work appears regularly in both Arab and U.S. media.
Youssef Azghari - MLT, Netherlands
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Youssef Azghari was quoted in The New York Times on Saturday, March 22, 2008, in an article on Geert Wilders entitled, "A Dutch Antagonist of Islam Waits for His Premiere."
Youssef Azghari is a lecturer at Avans University in the Netherlands, a columnist for the Dutch newspaper Trouw, and is an author of "Culturally Determined Communication."
Daisy Khan: "Pope Benedict's Poor Choice"
(Washington Post-Newsweek.com On Faith Blog)
Pope Benedict's choice to publicly baptize the Egyptian-born Muslim Magdi Allam at the Vatican was a regrettable one for Muslim-Catholic relations. While it cannot be considered a hostile act, it was inconsiderate, unnecessary, and ultimately harmful. continue >>
Daisy Khan, an "On Faith" panelist, is the Executive Director of ASMA.