Tomorrow, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf will be speaking on campus. The topic of the lecture is “Advancing Peaceful Coexistence Between Christians, Jews, and Muslims.”
Rauf is an author and peace advocate who studies the key role that religion plays in seeking solutions to conflicts in the Middle East. As a leader of the Cordoba Initiative, Rauf spearheaded the proposed Park51 Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan, which caused a silly season tempest in 2010 after opponents claimed the mosque was “too close” to Ground Zero.
According to Skidmore propaganda:
“On the practical front, Imam Feisal has dedicated the Cordoba Initiative to the promulgation of innovative solutions to conflicts in the Middle East in which he sees a large role for the religious communities. Principally, he challenges American Muslims to become leaders in a world-wide Islamic movement to reclaim the Quran in support of modern, moderate, just, open, and egalitarian societies. But he has also challenged Christianity and Judaism to take peacemaking roles as well by delivering justice not religion. The interfaith nature of his concerns underlies his vision to create Cordoba House, a center along the lines of the 92nd Street Y or the Jewish Community Center in NYC.”
Rauf has received numerous awards, and has been named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and one of Foreign Policy‘s Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2010. If anything, he is a somewhat controversial figure speaking on an issue that is endlessly fascinating. This event is free and open to the public.
Saturday, September 22 in Filene @ 7:30pm