Jordanianchildren do not learn,as ours do in the West,that the other is stranger and maybe even enemy. Muslim and Christian adults work together,live in the same neighborhoods,and play together. In Jordan,Muslims and Christians are friends living together in peace.
What do Islam and Christianity have in common?
Both provide rules for life purportedly revealed by the one true Creator. Politically and culturally, the values of orthodox Christians align with those of Muslims in pursuit of the virtuous life and protection of family and property.
How are Cameroon’s Christians protecting their mosques from Boko Haram?
Since Boko Haram has attacked both churches and mosques, the people of Cameroon have come up with a unique strategy. When Christians are at worship, Muslims stand guard over their churches. When Muslims are at prayer, Christians protect their mosques, like the Lamido Grand Mosque pictured above.
What is the relationship between the Copts and the Muslim Brotherhood?
The Copts are a Christian sect which has been in Egypt since ancient times. For most of their history, the relationship has been fairly good, but there have been tensions in modern times. Both the Mubarak government and the Muslim Brotherhood have been accused of stoking anti-Coptic sentiment in Egypt for their own ends.
Who is Ismail Royer and why should Muslims care?
One such Muslim is Ismail Royer, who wrote recently in the Washington Post and has written here at Public Discourse. Royer works at the Religious Freedom Institute (RFI), where he encourages interfaith cooperation and fights the extremist ideology that once held him in its grip.
What is the code of besa?
The courage and kindness of the Veselis is only one of many stories of Albanian Muslims sheltering Jews according to their honor code of besa, which literally means, “to keep the promise.”. Among other things, this code requires Albanian Muslims to offer sanctuary to all refugees and is the subject of the 2012 documentary Besa: The Promise.
Why did Muslims and Christians come together in the Tahrir Square?
When Muslims spread their mats for midday prayer, Christian protesters joined hands to form a protective circle around them. Christians and Muslims came together to protest the government, with the crescent embracing the cross becoming a popular symbol in Tahrir Square.
How many Jews did the Grand Mosque of Paris help?
Most historians believe the mosque may have helped a total of around 100 Jews. The story is the subject of the children’s book The Grand Mosque of Paris: A Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaust by Karen Gray Ruelle and Deborah Durland DeSaix and the 2011 French film Les Hommes Libres (“Free Men”).
What was the significance of the 2011 Egyptian Uprising?
In late January 2011, Tahrir Square in Cairo became an area of intense protest during the Egyptian Uprising. The revolution, which ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak from power, was remarkable for its lack of violence. It also produced striking images of Egypt’s Muslims and Coptic Christians working together to create a better future for their country.
How many people did Corrie help the Gestapo rescue?
She rescued nearly 800 from the Holocaust. On February 28, 1944, the Gestapo raided the ten Boom house. They didn’t find any of the six refugees then hiding there, but they arrested Corrie, her father, brother, both sisters, and other family members anyway.
What religions are involved in religious strife?
This seems to be especially true among the three major Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The bitterness between these three religions can seem so deeply entrenched that you could wonder if they ever have, or ever will, manage to peacefully coexist.
How many people were sheltered at the Mosque?
The historical records are sketchy, but one unconfirmed account suggests the mosque may have sheltered as many as 1,700 people, mostly Jews, from arrest during the war years.
Why is soccer important in intergroup research?
This distinction is important, because one of the larger goals of intergroup contact research is to find policies that can create general harmony between groups, not just create good relationships between the people who got to know each other. Soccer is an ideal place to test intergroup contact theory.
What is the best place to test intergroup contact theory?
Soccer is an ideal place to test intergroup contact theory.
What is the theoretical puzzle of Mousa’s results?
The theoretical puzzle of Mousa’s results is how to expand results to off-field behavior.
Did playing soccer with Muslims increase Christian unity?
The puzzle is that these effects did not extend to off-field behaviors. Christians who played soccer with Muslims were not more likely to visit a Muslim owned restaurant (which all players were given a gift card to), were not more likely to attend a mixed Muslim-Christian social event they were invited to, nor more likely to donate to a charity that supported both Muslims and Christians (as opposed to a Christian-only charity). Mousa also analyzed personal attitudes, finding that playing with Muslims increased Christians’ abstract feelings of national unity, but did not change how comfortable they said they were with Muslim neighbors or how much they blamed Muslims for Christian suffering. Playing soccer together was able to bring people together for sports-related purposes, but it was not able to bring people together in the wider community.
Do Christians train with Muslims?
So what is the puzzle in this study’s results? First, the good news. Christians assigned to teams with Muslims were more likely to later train with Muslims six months after the season was over, to vote for a Muslim player for a sportsmanship award, and to be willing to sign up for a mixed Christian-Muslim soccer league for the next season. The biggest jump was in training with Muslim players after the season (49% more likely), and it does not just represent training with teammates. Muslims were recruited to train with 15% of the teams in the treatment group. For all the behaviors related to soccer, the intervention worked.
What was the second surge of hate crimes?
The second surge began with campaign of Donald Trump in 2015 that saw a precipitous rise in hate crimes against Muslims and other racial and religious minorities. This period from 2015 to 2021 that culminated with an assault on the U.S. Capitol and democracy itself can be blamed partially on evangelical and conservative Christians who stood by Trump and still do, no matter how racist, sexist, or Islamophobic he became. But it is during this very period that many other Americans, people of color, progressive Christians and Jews—from ordinary people to senators and presidential candidates—not only rejected the Trumpian call for a “Muslim ban,” but elected progressive Muslim women like Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar to the U.S. Congress and many more to other offices like Ghazali Hashmi to the Virginia Senate and Sadaf Jaffer as mayor of Montgomery Township, New Jersey. It is possible that the increase in support for Muslims is a way of rejecting Trump and the new Trumpian GOP, but it could also be that for many Americans, American Muslims are now as much an integral part of America as anyone else.
What are the two surges of Islamophobia in the United States?
There have been two surges of Islamophobia in the United States that have made life very difficult for American Muslims. One was after the attacks on the United States by Al-Qaeda. They convinced many that perhaps Huntington’s prediction of a clash of civilizations was coming true. The United States was at war with Muslim nations abroad, and at home it was undermining Muslim civil rights. Some conservative Christian organizations at that time were even trying to brand Islam as an ideology that did not deserve protections under the First Amendment.
Who is Muqtedar Khan?
Muqtedar Khan is a professor of political science and international relations at the University of Delaware, where he was the founding director of the Islamic Studies Program from 2007 to 2010. He is the author of Islam and Good Governance: A Political Philosophy of Ihsan (2019). Khan earned his Ph.D. in international relations, political philosophy, and Islamic political thought from Georgetown University.
Who is raising their voices about the plight of Uyghur Muslims in China?
But it is Europeans and Americans who are raising their voices about the plight of Uyghur Muslims in China even as Pakistan and Saudi Arabia look away. The late Sam Huntington in a widely read article had forecasted a clash of civilizations between the West and the Islamic world.
Is the Muslim Christian divide true?
The point is that the narrative of Muslim-Christian divide is partly true, but it is not entirely true.
What is the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue?
The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue sends, every year, a message to the Islamic community on the occasion of the month of Ramadan and ‘Id al-Fitr, the feast that concludes it.
Why is Ramadan important?
The month of Ramadan is so central in your religion and therefore dear to you at personal, familial and social levels. lt is a time for spiritual healing and growth, of sharing with the poor, of strengthening bonds with relatives and friends.
What did Pope Francis say about the Heydar Aliyev Mosque?
In this regard, it is worthwhile to recall what Pope Francis said when he made a visit to the Heydar Aliyev Mosque, in Baku (Azerbaijan) on Sunday, 2 October 2016: “Meeting one another in fraternal friendship in this place of prayer is a powerful sign, one that shows the harmony which religions can build together, based on personal relations and on the good will of those responsible”.
Why is it important to protect places of worship?
While appreciating the efforts done by the international community at different levels for the protection of the places of worship worldwide, it is our hope that our mutual esteem, respect and cooperation will help strengthen the bonds of sincere friendship, and enable our communities to safeguard the places of worship to assure for coming generations the fundamental freedom to profess one’s own beliefs.
What does Elmasry believe about Islam?
Elmasry believes the current discourse around Islam is shallow, treating it either as an exotic, threatening fundamentalism or an effete symbol of minority oppression. Both views overlook the millions of conservative Muslims who are nonviolent and don’t fit into either category. These men and women don’t wish to be used in a tokenized narrative of “tolerance” or “diversity” or being a “moderate Muslim.” They are not demographic or religious symbols available for whatever political script of the moment requires their participation. As Omar Suleiman put it, “I am not your American Muslim.”
What are the values of Orthodox Christians?
Politically and culturally, the values of orthodox Christians align with those of Muslims in pursuit of the virtuous life and protection of family and property. Orthodox Islam promotes strong families and committed heterosexual marriage, discourages abortion, and prohibits homosexual acts, mind-altering drugs, and alcohol. Judaism and Christianity, in their orthodox forms, as well as many other traditional religions, hold to many similar beliefs and restrictions.
What is Elmasry’s view on social conservatives?
This would be a way, in his view, for social conservatives not to impose their views on others but to have mass media more agreeable to them while helping companies make a profit. Elmasry also points to the potential of using the existing secular framework municipally to increase the power of religious people, providing the example of where he grew up in Toms River, New Jersey, a town that has experienced a major influx of conservative Orthodox and Hasidic Jews from nearby Lakewood who have supplanted many affluent white Italian-American and other residents. Elmasry sees the high-birthrate, traditional Hasidim as a good model of how socially conservative people of faith can flourish within a secular framework and use existing laws to establish themselves.
What is the mission of the RFI?
At RFI, Hill and his colleagues are focused on trying to build a basis for shared religious rights with Muslims and other faith groups, extending the mission of the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Religious Freedom, Dignitatis Humanae. “The question is could you have something emerge since that document came out of the Catholic Church in 1965 – could you have something emerge like that from within Islam? It would be a game-changer,” Hill says.
Do Muslims pay a price for the alliance?
Muslims pay a price for this alliance. To please the left, Muslims must embrace the role of victim and symbolic minority, overlooking the anti-religious, radical sexual and social ideology that’s come to characterize broad swaths of the left . To be accepted by the left, Muslims must be willing to be tokenized and used by others for their political or social agendas.
Is Islam a problem?
Clearly, however, there are problems: significant numbers of Westerners see Islam as extremist and laden with potential violence in undiluted form.
Is Sharia the monster Westerners think it is?
According to Elmasry, properly applied Sharia is not the monster Westerners think it is.