Interfaith Harmony

Extracts from an interview with Rabbi David Rosen, international director of interreligious affairs at the American Jewish Committee. Rabbi David Rosen, international director of interreligious affairs at the American Jewish Committee (AJC), has been advancing understanding and good relations between religious communities for more than 40 years. He has been involved in this area from […]

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A group of Muslim villagers in Assam’s Kamrup district has performed the last rites of a Hindu man, who had stayed at a Muslim friend’s residence with his family for over 25 years. Sixty-five-year-old Rajkumar Gaur used to stay at Saddam Hussain’s residence in Rangia’sKhandikar village after the death of his father rendered him homeless […]

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They were leaders of violent rival militias in Nigeria. Now Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye are working together to spread messages of peace and reconciliation. In the 1990s the two led opposing armed religious militias in the city of Kaduna, northern Nigeria. Dr Wuye said their home city had a “population delicately balanced” […]

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Survey Highlights Need for Education to Bring People of Different Faiths Together Citing a recent Pew Research survey, Oklahoma (USA) state experts have highlighted the importance of bringing college students of different faiths together to become more aware of the diverse faith traditions around them. “People don’t have any interaction and when they don’t have […]

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While the world keeps its eye on Myanmar’s firebrand monk U Wirathu and his encouragement of anti-Muslim sentiment, another prominent monk is also making headlines there, for entirely the opposite reason. Ashin Ariya Wun Tha Bhiwun Sa, a Buddhist monk from Mandalay, better known as Myawaddy Sayadaw, is regularly seen with leaders of Christians, Muslims […]

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The UN General Assembly recently unanimously adopted a Morocco-proposed resolution on the promotion of interfaith and intercultural dialogue and the fight against hate speech. The resolution urges the international community to undertake initiatives aimed at promoting dialogue, tolerance, understanding and cooperation between religions and cultures. When presenting the resolution before the General Assembly, Morocco’s permanent […]

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Senior Christian religious leaders in Bangladesh and Myanmar and Caritas Internationalis (a confederation of Catholic relief, development and social service organizations operating in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide) called on Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan and wanted to know what they could do for the Rohingyas living in Cox’s Bazar camps. Emerging from […]

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The Muslim World League (MWL) launched an interfaith summit in Colombo in the presence of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena. Participants included Islamic, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and Hindu religious leaders, as well as more than 2,000 religious scholars, politicians, intellectuals and media professionals. Mr. Sirisena delivered the opening speech. He thanked the MWL for holding […]

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