From the IRA to ISIS, the world has witnessed unspeakable violence committed in the name of religion. Global peace seems to be an elusive goal. With an ongoing refugee crisis alongside a radical social media campaign, the need to understand and address the relationship between religion and extremism could not be greater today.
Rabbi Reuven Firestone is a renowned Islamic scholar and professor of medieval Judaism and Islam at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles and President of the International Qur’anic Studies Association. He is a Senior Fellow of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California and founder of the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement (CMJE).Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is the chairman of the Cordoba Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving relations between Muslims and non-Muslims and promoting moderation. For over twenty-five years, he was the imam of Masjid al-Farah in New York City. Imam Feisal sits on the board of trustees of the Islamic Center of New York, advises the Interfaith Center of New York, and belongs to the World Economic Forum Council of 100 Leaders (Islamic-West dialogue).
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