Back in April, “On Faith” and Georgetown University co-sponsored a panel discussion on “What It Means to Be Muslim in America.” During that event, Georgetown’s Imam Yahya Hendi questioned why U.S. media rarely acknowledged condemnations of violence and terrorism by Muslim leaders. His question prompted “On Faith” co-moderator Sally Quinn to propose devoting a full week of “On Faith” to a discussion among Muslim scholars and authorities on Islam’s views on violence, human rights, and interfaith relations. “Muslims Speak Out” is that week-long, online discussion.
“On Faith” and Georgetown University asked nearly 60 Muslim leaders from around the world to participate by responding to questions on the three topics. About a third of the leaders agreed to do so, and their answers will be featured in the coming days.
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life provided analysis of public opinion surveys. A number of the world’s most prominent voices – including former President Jimmy Carter, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Nobel Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus — will offer their perspective. And readers will be encouraged to add their questions and comments to the mix.
“On Faith” and “Muslims Speak Out” are efforts by the Washington Post Company to foster informative and productive online conversations about religion and its impact on world events and our lives. We believe that such conversations are critical if we are to begin to address the many conflicts being waged today in the name of faith.
By David Waters |
July 20, 2007; 1:43 AM ET
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