• Talking Tolerance

    Tolerance is a curious word. It indicates an ability to bear up with a certain amount of variation or difference. Tolerance, we think, is a virtue to be attained. In dialogue, we see it as our ability to be free of bigotry. It sa

    Published November - December 2011 - Gertrud Mueller Nelson

    America's Potential for Peace

    On the evening of September 11, 2010, nine Christian women gathered in a prayer circle in the basement of a small Midwest church, and were asked to reflect on where they have been spiritually since 9/11. Heavy glances crisscrossed

    Published September - October 2011 - Fatma Yilmaz

    Geography of Friendship

    Two Poems and Some Thoughts Recently I was reading a book called The Geography of Thought. To my surprise, the author claimed that Eastern and Western people had different types of cognition, meaning that they think differently

    Published September - October 2011 - Sumeyra TOSUN / Kelli Angelone

    The Challenge of Peaceful Coexistence

    <EM>&#8220;Peaceful coexistence is the most important project of our era. But we cannot do it alone or in isolation; we must do it together.&#8221;</EM> The world has become very small. Mass communications, mass travel, and

    Published September - October 2011 - B. Jill Carroll

    The Art of Living Together

    The Example of Greek-Turkish Dialogue in Post-9/11 America Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople At the onset of the twenty-first century, a new relati

    Published September - October 2011 - Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos

    Rocks or Rainbows: Lessons for Interreligious Dialogue

    More than two decades ago, as a new professor at a small college, I was assigned a course that included a unit on non-Christian religious traditions. Since I had little background myself in this area, my students and I learned to

    Published September - October 2011 - Frances M. Leap


    Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States of America there is not an Islamic word used more commonly in daily life than jihad. Jihad has appeared regularly in news broadcasts and everyday conversations wi

    Published September - October 2011 - Amy Wilson

    Does the Qur'an Sanction War?

    In Islamic jurisprudence, no divinely ordained clergy rule on religious matters. There are only scholars, learned people that undertake the extensive study of the Islamic sciences. No official post decides who is eligible to be co

    Published September - October 2011 - Eren Tatari


    <EM>Katharine, “Kadriye,” Branning was one of the passengers on a Turkish Airlines flight to New York on September 9, 2011, a flight which could not reach its destination that inauspicious day. Taken from her book Yes, I Would

    Published September - October 2011 - Katharine Branning

    9/11: Before and After

    I remember the day very vividly, perhaps like each and every person who has been affected by it does. I remember the trauma, panic, and tears in the café of my English language school. The same frames kept rolling on the TV scree

    Published September - October 2011 - Ahmet Kurucan

    The End of Fear, the Beginning of Understanding

    In the decade since 9/11, the United States has: • conquered and occupied two large Muslim countries (Afghanistan and Iraq) • compelled a huge Muslim army to root out a terrorist sanctuary (Pakistan) • deployed thousand

    Published September - October 2011 - Robert A. Pape

    The Spirit of Norway

    A model of reconciled diversity is the only way to the future in our globalized world. It is indeed a tremendous challenge to come to terms with the perplexity of religion and politics in our time. As acts of terrorism are wrea

    Published September - October 2011 - Gunnar Stalsett

    An Opportunity to Heal and Make Whole

    How can anyone residing in the United States, or for that matter living in any other part of the world, forget the horror of September 11, 2001, when commercial airliners, piloted by terrorists posing as religious followers of Is

    Published September - October 2011 - John Bryson Chane

    Islamic Relations with Jews and Christians

    The Qur&#8217;an expresses a range of positive and negative attitudes toward Jews and Christians. The doctrine found in these verses dictates how the Qur&#8217;anic law requires Muslims to treat Jews and Christians. This essay exa

    Published July - August 2011 - Kara Potter

    Mary: Her Conception and the Birth of the Messiah

    <b>Why we chose Mary</b><br />We are a small group of women of Turkish-Muslim and Catholic origins who became acquainted in the Spring of 2009 and immediately recognized our soulful connection with one another. Since that time, we

    Published May - June 2011 - Clare Julian Meryem Tuz