June 22, 2016 – News of Abrahamic Interest

Family members embrace and console each other






During this period of violent extremism by a tiny but determined minority of self-identified Muslims who justify murder of innocents, we thought it appropriate to offer some perspective on shared Jewish, Christian and Muslim values.

We are especially happy to open with this lead review in the Washington Post of Shadi Hamid’s Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle over Islam is Reshaping the World. Shadi, who is senior fellow in the Brookings Institution’s project of U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, was a key member of a week-long seminar on Islamic fundamentalism at  Esalen Institute  in 2005,organized by its Center for Theory and Research and Track II: An Institute for Citizen Diplomacy. At the same meeting New Yorker staff writer and playwright Lawrence Wright shared with us a draft chapter from what would later become his Pulitzer Prize winning The Looming Tower, on the creation of Al-Qaeda.

Our next item is by a Washington, DC rabbi, who took members of his congregation to a gay bar after the Orlando tragedy.

Then Manal Omar, an American Muslim leader, offers a thoughtful introspection of the meaning of Ramadan for her at this time.

We get a change of mood with a visit to Jerusalem’s Old City which is a brief history of its Abrahamic inter-communalism with great photos.

Finally, back to the U.S., there is a simple story of the welcome to a Washington area synagogue of Syrian refugees. Its rabbi restates the core Jewish belief in the necessity to welcome strangers, “because we were strangers in the land of Egypt.”

Joseph V. Montville
Chairman of the Board
TRACK TWO: An Institute for Citizen Diplomacy
This award-winning feature documentary tells the story of Majid Shokor, an Iraqi-Australian whose search for the hidden story of Iraqi music takes him on a bold journey around the world, to meet Iraqi musicians and unite them in a concert for peace and reconciliation.  Winner, Best Documentary, Baghdad International Film Festival.  “Magnificent!  Beautifully paced, with a rich array of personalities and music” – ABC RN

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Joseph V. Montville
Chairman of the Board
TRACK TWO: An Institute for Citizen Diplomacy

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