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Mission:

Mutual understanding and improved relationship between Muslim and Jews through frank and respectful dialogue.

Background:

In 2003, the American Jewish Committee invited Professor Judea Pearl, President of the Daniel Pearl Foundation and co-editor of I am Jewish (2004), and Professor Akbar S. Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University and author of Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization (2007) and Islam Under Siege (2003) to lead a public dialogue in Pittsburgh, PA.   The conversation was to be about the divisions between Muslims and the western world and between Muslims and Jews.  The event had a profound impact on those in attendance and was covered widely in the U.S., Arab and Pakistani press. Due to its success, this personal yet public dialogue now continues in cities across the U.S. and abroad.

The Ongoing Project:

Professors Ahmed and Pearl have been invited to share their dialogue in many stages in the U.S. and abroad. The conversations, which are never the same, cover issues from theology, history and ideology to politics and current news, and encourage audience participation. Two principles guide the conversation; first, no Issue is taboo and, second, respect at all times. Professors Ahmed and Pearl believe that these open and honest dialogues are essential for the future of humanity. It is their hope that these public dialogues will carve a path of legitimacy and inspire individuals and communities to continue the dialogue at the grass roots level.

In 2006, Professors Ahmed and Pearl were among the recipients of the first annual Purpose Prize “in recognition of [their] simple, yet innovative approach to solving one of society’s most pressing problems.” View video

Publications

Books:

1. After Terror edited by Professors Akbar Ahmed and Brian Forst (Polity Press, 2005) offers a sustained reflection by some of the world’s most celebrated thinkers on the most pressing question of our time: how can we find ways to defuse the ticking bombs of terrorism and excessive interventions against it? Without ignoring the dangers of the modern world, it points to a future in which people can celebrate both the fundamental sentiments that make us human and the diversities that make us interesting. The book includes the essay “On Clash, Morality, Renaissance and Dialogue” by Judea Pearl.

2. I am Jewish: Personal Refelctions Inspired By The Last Words of Daniel Pearl edited by Judea and Ruth Pearl (Jewish Lights2004) Winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Anthologies, this book provides a panaoramic view of how Jews define themselves in the post the 9/11 era and captures the richness of interperatations, as well as comman denominators that inspire Jewish people of all backgrounds to take pride in their heritage and identity.

Interfaith Activity in Pakistan

Articles and Online Postings:

1. Finding Common Ground Between Muslims & Jews. Online Dialogue, Beliefnet.com, April 28-May 9, 2008

2. Naseeb Vibes Naseeb means “destiny” in most languages spoken in the Muslim world, including Arabic, Urdu, Persian, Malaysian, Indonesian, Bangla and Hindi.

Naseeb Vibes, a literary site for Muslims by Muslims, takes The Dialogue online. Naseeb members add their voices through the TalkBack section.  See Professors Ahmed and Pearl’s contributions here:

Building Bridges J. Pearl, September 1, 2004
The Postage Stamp Question - Key to Peace in Palestine J. Pearl, March 7, 2005
Need for a Double Narrative A. Ahmed, March 11, 2005

3. Across the Great Divide, an article by Paula Span for the Washington Post Magazine, August 1, 2004 asks the question “Could a public conversation between a Muslim from Pakistan and the Jewish father of murdered reporter Daniel Pearl be something more than ‘just two grandfathers on stage talking?’”

4. Carving The Path for Muslim Jewish Dialogue by A. Ahmed and J. Pearl
Common Ground News Service (CGNews),  January 19, 2006

Professors Akbar Ahmed and Judea Pearl believe that the incendiary remarks made by Iran's president Ahmadinejad show that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict needs to be viewed in the context of the global tension between Muslims and Jews. They call for "an urgent and powerful international dialogue between Muslims and Jews to air basic grievances and search for common ground and shared goals," and share the wisdom they gained from conducting their own such dialogues. Preliminary version of this article was posted on Beliefnet, (November 17, 2005)

Chronology of Dialogue Events

May 12 - May 16, 2008 Los Angeles Times Online Discussion
In May 2008, the Middle East's only democracy celebrated its 60th anniversary. Looking back at the last six decades of Israeli-Palestinian relations, UCLA's professor Judea Pearl and UC Hastings professor George Bisharat engaged in a week long discussion on the website of the Los Angeles Times. Pearl and Bisharat discussed what the future holds for the region, and shared their own compelling personal connections to the Holy Land.

April 28 - May 12, 2008 Beliefnet.com Online Dialogue
Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim-Jewish Understanding
Akbar Ahmed and Judea Pearl invite you to post your questions about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, about the worldwide relations between Muslims and Jews and other questions. They will respond directly to your questions in this public forum.
Press Coverage:
Seacoast Online, April 16, 2008

April 7, 2008 - Portland, Maine
Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim Jewish Understanding
Professors Akbar Ahmed and Judea Pearl.
University of Southern Maine Hannaford Auditorium of Abromson Hall
7:00 p.m.
Contact: Abraham J. Peck,  Director, 207 780-5331
Academic Council for Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Studies
Link to Flyer
Press Coverage:
Portland Press Herald, April 8, 2008
The Free Press, April 7, 2008
Seacoast Online, April 16, 2008
For host comments click here.

November 13, 2007 - Kansas City, Kansas
Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim-Jewish Understanding
Professors Akbar Ahmed and Judea Pearl.
6:00 p.m.
Kansas City Festival of Faiths
Village Presbyterian Church
6641 Mission Rd.
Prairie Village, Kansas
Contact: Janet Burton, Feree Burton Consulting
816-721-4909 or 913-685-4172
Link to Flyer

October 15, 2007 - San Francisco, California
Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim-Jewish Understanding
Judea Pearl and Souleiman Ghali
8:00 p.m.
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California St.
San Francisco, California
Tickets: M $15 & P $18
Contact: Barbara Lane, (415)292-1209

April 30, 2007 - Cerritos, California
Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim-Jewish Understanding
Professors Akbar Ahmed and Judea Pearl.
7:00 p.m.
Cerritos College
11110 Alondra Boulevard
Norwalk, CA 90650
Contact: Matthew Pizzo

March 26, 2007 - Richmond, Virginia
The Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim-Jewish Understanding
Professors Akbar Ahmed and Judea Pearl. 7:00 p.m.
University of Richmond
Contact: Martha M. Delgado

November 12, 2006 - Hamilton, Ontario (CAN)
The Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim-Jewish Understanding
Professors Akbar Ahmed and Judea Pearl.
Contact: Dr. Lorne Finkelstein
Link to Flyer
Press Coverage:
The Washington Times, December 24, 2006
Hamilton Spectator, November 10, 2006
Hamilton Spectator, November 13, 2006
Hamilton Spectator, November 17, 2006
Canadian Jewish News, November 30, 2006

October 10, 2006, NPR.org Dialogue
Judea Pearl and Akbar Ahmed's Interfaith Dialogues
Judea Pearl and Akbar Ahmed speak to Terry Gross, the host of NPR’s Fresh Air, about their series of interfaith dialogues across the country and abroad. For audio of dialogue click here.

May 29, 2006 - Toronto, Canada
The Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim-Jewish Understanding
Professors Akbar Ahmed and Judea Pearl.
7:00 PM
Moderated by Lloyd Robertson – CTV National News
Sponsored by: Association of Progressive Muslims of Canada, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies, Temple Har Zion
Islamic Iranian Centre of Imam Ali
129 Bermondsey Road
Scarborough, Ontario
Link to Flyer

October 30, 2005 - New York, New York
The Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim-Jewish Understanding
Professors Akbar Ahmed and Judea Pearl.
2:30 PM
Museum of Jewish Heritage, - A Living Memorial To The Holocaust
Introductory Remarks by Rabbi Marc Schneier and Russell Simmons of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding
Moderated by Jacki Lyden of NPR
Co-sponsored by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding
Safra Hall, 36 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280
Link to Flyer.

May 16, 2005 – Irvine, California
The Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim-Jewish Understanding
Professors Akbar Ahmed and Judea Pearl.
7:00 PM
Moderated by Rusty Kennedy, Executive Director of the OCHRC
UC Irvine Campus Student Center
Crystal Cove Auditorium
Contact: Office of the Dean of Students at (949) 824-5590 or www.dos.uci.edu.
Campus map and directions
This event is free and open to the public; however reservations are advised.

May 4, 2005 – Toronto, Canada
The Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim-Jewish Understanding
Professors Akbar Ahmed and Judea Pearl.
Moderated by Hon. Bob Rae
7:00 p.m.
Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies
Temple Har Zion
7360 Bayview Avenue.
Thornhill, Ontario L3T2R7
Contact: Leo Adler, Director of National Affairs

May 3, 2005 – Ottawa, Canada
An Evening of Peace, Tolerance and Hope
Moderated by Hon. Ed Broadbent (Ottawa Centre, NDP)
7:30 p.m.
Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies
The Hilton La Leamy - Grand Salon
3 Boulevard du Casino
Gatineau (Quebec)
Contact: 1-866-864-9735, ext. 0
Link to Flyer

February 28, 2005 – Durham, North Carolina
Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim Jewish Understanding
Professors Akbar Ahmed and Judea Pearl.
7:00 p.m.
Page Auditorium at Duke University
This event is free and open to the public.
Contact: Susan Kauffman, Office of Public Affairs, or (919) 681-8975
Link to Flyer
Press Coverage:
The Herald Sun, February 28, 2005
The Duke Chronicle, March 1, 2005
Duke News, March 3, 2005

November 18, 2004 – Baltimore, Maryland
Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim Jewish Understanding
Professors Akbar Ahmed and Judea Pearl.
4:15pm
Moderator: John Milewski, Close Up Foundation
84th National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference
Radisson Plaza, Salon C
This event is open only to NCSS conference participants and is being recorded for broadcast on C-Span.

August 8, 2004 - Chicago, Illinois
Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim Jewish Understanding
Professors Akbar Ahmed and Judea Pearl.
2:00 p.m.
Moderator: Azam Nizamuddin, Esq.
56th Annual Conference of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies   
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
Chicago Rooms 6 & 7

June 21-25, 2004 – London, U.K.
Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim Jewish Understanding
Professors Akbar Ahmed and Judea Pearl.
Public Program on Wednesday, June 23, 2004
6:00 p.m.
Brunei Gallery
University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London
Free and open to the public. No RSVP needed
Link to Flyer Press Coverage:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 11, 2004
The Tablet, July 3, 2004
The Daily Star of Lebanon, June 26, 2004
Voice of America broadcast, June 25, 2004

April 18, 2004 – Williamsburg, Virginia
The Daniel Pearl Dialogue of Acknowledgement and Reconciliation
Professor Akbar Ahmed and Judea Pearl
3:00 p.m.
Williamsburg Lodge Auditorium
The College of William and Mary
Williamsburg , Virginia
Free and open to the public
Press Coverage:
W&M News, April 22, 2004
The Virginian Pilot, April 19, 2004
The Daily Press, April 19, 2004

January 20, 2004 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Choosing Hope: A Dialogue in Search of Common Ground
Professors Akbar Ahmed and Judea Pearl
7:00 p.m.
Moderator: Larry Kane, veteran broadcast journalist
University of Pennsylvania
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Harrison Auditorium
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Free and open to the public
Press Coverage
Pakistan News Service, January 29, 2004
Pakistan Daily Times, January 26, 2004
Philadelphia Inquirer, January 20, 2004
Professor Pearl's op-ed - Continuing a Son's Legacy, January 18, 2004
Professor Ahmed's op-ed - Speak, Learn, Befriend, January 18, 2004

October 23, 2003 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Towards Interfaith Understanding: A Journey Through Dialogue
Professors Akbar Ahmed and Judea Pearl
Hosted by David Shtulman, American Jewish Committee of Pittsburgh
Press Coverage:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 9, 2003
Akbar S. Ahmed’s article in the Arab News and Daily Times, Pakistan, November 9, 2003
South Asia Tribune , November 9, 2003
Pitt News , October 27, 2003

 
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