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MARRAKECH, Morocco — To an outsider, nothing seemed normal about this night, as Muslims were welcomed by the Jewish community to celebrate Ramadan at their synagogue, the members of the two faiths meeting in stark contrast when set against the religious conflicts that plague the region. But to the Jews and Muslims of Marrakech, this […]

via For Jews and Muslims of Morocco, a Supportive Relationship Built on a Complex History — A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice: News and Views

Some photos of the process for building Watchful (Ar-Raqib):

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The designs are from Work in the Garden.

45-Comprehender (Al-Wasi’)

Etched, painted, and fired glass sewn with hemp

It is always easy to think according to appearances, and refuse ourselves or others the benefit of the doubt because of weaknesses we perceive.  The Creator is beyond the constraints of mortal perception and even our simplistic understanding of time – He sees each of us for the entirety of who and what we are, and still miraculously loves us.  The proof of this is all around:  the entirety of the universe from before the moment of creation was made not just for all of humanity, but for each individual as well.  There is something in each of us worthy of God’s love and attention, and our jobs as mortals is to respect that in ourselves, and search for that something in everyone we meet.  When Samuel was searching for the next king of Israel he was ardently reminded of this:  For the Lord seeth not as a man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart (I Samuel 16:7).

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This short video clip highlights the important work of the Near East School of Theology in promoting good relations between Muslims and Christians in Lebanon. This is a Protestant seminary which has played a prominent, yet often quiet role in helping defuse tensions between religious communities in a sometimes contentious political atmosphere. Here is a […]

via The Near East School of Theology — A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice: News and Views

Art of the Book

Tonight is the start of Ramadan, and as our Muslim friends start celebrating, here’s a glimpse into the collection of The post Art of the Book : Quran & Calligraphy appeared first on The Heritage Lab.

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Interfaith Dialog building a ceasefire for the Fifth Crusade The Fifth Crusade was filled with violence and intrigue, with political figures using the conflict to further their own agendas and claiming violence on both sides was alternately supported by each set of religious doctrines. Christian forces, after some initial successes, were bogged down in a […]

via Clarifying History – UPF’s The Sultan and The Saint — Ismailimail

Last week, members of the church where I serve in Springfield, Ohio, were graciously invited to attend a service at Masjid Al-Madina, a mosque that I have probably driven past at least a 1,000 times. Each time I previously drove past the mosque, in the recesses of my mind, I thought, “They are in their world, […]

via Beyond Tolerance: Honoring the Call to Love our Neighbors — A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice: News and Views

The Archbishop of Armenians in Syria’s second-largest city concluded a week-long European tour with a visit to Paris on Wednesday, in which he argued that moving on from a fierce conflict meant fostering ties between communities and faiths. Monsignor Chahane Sarkissian witnessed first-hand the Battle of Aleppo from its beginning in July 2012 to the […]

via Rebuilding Aleppo means rebuilding links between Christians and Muslims — A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice: News and Views

It is available for free for 5 days Friday-Tuesday, May 19-23, inclusive. Even if you don’t have time to read it now, you can download it for reading later.

via Zahir K. Dhalla’s 7th non-profit book on writing biographies is free for 5 days Fri-Tue, May 19-23 — Ismailimail

After more than a decade in the works, the Global Centre for Pluralism officially opened its new global headquarters on Tuesday

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