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Acommonword

October 6, 2009

A Common Word Between Us and You: A Global Agenda for Change

Georgetown University's Office of the President and Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, together with the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, hosted "A Common Word Between Us and You: A Global Agenda for Change" at Georgetown University. This two-day conference focused on the importance of Muslim-Western cooperation on global issues and developed concrete proposals to achieve peace and understanding between these two communities. Unlike most Common Word events, the Georgetown conference included not only religious leaders and scholars but also political leaders, community representatives, and media. With previous conferences having solidified the theoretical basis for the Common Word project, the Georgetown conference broadened the scope of the discussion to apply the spirit of dialogue to issues of global political, social, and economic significance. Topics included the role of international NGOs in spurring Muslim-Christian interaction and how religious leaders could better facilitate conflict resolution.

Participants

Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal

Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal

Prof. Dr. HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal of Jordan is Personal Envoy and Special Advisor to HM King Abdullah II and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought. A leader in interfaith relations, he...
Tony Blair

Tony Blair

Tony Blair was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom between May 1997 and June 2007, following re-election in 2001 and 2005. He now promotes interfaith initiatives through the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and is engaged on climate change and...
Kjell Magne Bondevik

Kjell Magne Bondevik

Kjell Magne Bondevik, an ordained Lutheran minister, served as Prime Minister of Norway from 1997 to 2000, and from 2001 to 2005, making him Norway's longest serving non-Socialist prime minister since World War II. While serving his first term in...
John Borelli

John Borelli

Dr. John Borelli is the Special Assistant to the President for Interreligious Initiatives at Georgetown University, a post he has held since 2004, and is responsible for designing and coordinating special projects that further the university's...
Mustafa Ceric

Mustafa Ceric

Dr. Mustafa Ceric has served as the Grand Mufti of Bosnia-Herzegovina since 1999. Ceric was educated at al-Azhar University in Cairo and received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He served as an imam in his native Bosnia, and later at the...
John Esposito

John Esposito

John L. Esposito is a University Professor, Professor of Religion and International Affairs, Professor of Islamic Studies, and the founding director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown...
Ali Gomaa

Ali Gomaa

Since 2003, Dr. Ali Gomaa has served as the grand mufti of Egypt, a position of religious authority second only to the sheikh of Al-Azhar University. An Egyptian native and one of Islam's most respected scholars of Islamic law, Gomaa oversees Dar...
J. Bryan Hehir

J. Bryan Hehir

Father J. Bryan Hehir is the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Previously he served on the staff of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and as President...
Qamar-ul Huda

Qamar-ul Huda

Qamar-ul Huda is a Senior Program Officer in the Religion and Peacemaking Program and a scholar of Islam at the US Institute of Peace. His area of expertise is Islamic theology, intellectual history, ethics, comparative ethics, the language of...
Anwar Ibrahim

Anwar Ibrahim

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was deputy prime minister of Malaysia from 1993 to 1998 and served as Malaysia's minister of finance from 1991 to 1998. He is a well-known advocate for democracy and international dialogue. He was internationally...
Josiah Idowu-Fearon

Josiah Idowu-Fearon

Rt. Rev. Josiah Idowu-Fearon is Anglican Archbishop of Kaduna and a proponent of Christian-Muslim dialogue in Nigeria. He served on the 2003-04 Lambeth Commission on Communion, which considered worldwide Anglican unity in response to divisive...
Shamil Idriss

Shamil Idriss

Shamil Idriss is the board chairman of Soliya and the deputy director of the Alliance Secretariat of the international Alliance of Civilizations (AOC), an organization founded in 2005 to counter polarization and extremism and to foster...
Ibrahim Kalin

Ibrahim Kalin

Ibrahim Kalin is chief policy advisor to Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and is a fellow at Georgetown University's Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. Kalin previously taught at the College of the...
Amr Khaled

Amr Khaled

Muslim televangelist Amr Khaled is one of the Muslim world's most popular lay preachers. Born in Egypt, Khaled began preaching in 1990 after spending years studying accounting. In 1998, he became a full-time imam, airing his lectures on satellite...
Thomas Michel

Thomas Michel

Father Thomas Michel, SJ, is a visiting professor in Theology at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He has also lived and worked in Ankara, Turkey, and is the former Secretary of the Jesuit Secretariat for Interreligious Dialogue in...
Dalia Mogahed

Dalia Mogahed

Dalia Mogahed is chairman and CEO of Mogahed Consulting. She was previously a senior analyst and executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, as well as director of the Muslim-West Facts Initiative, a Gallup collaboration with the...
Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Seyyed Hossein Nasr is University Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University (GWU). Before coming to GWU, he taught at the University of Edinburgh and Temple University. Born in Iran, Nasr completed high school in the United...
Chris Seiple

Chris Seiple

Chris Seiple is president of the Institute for Global Engagement. He is also a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Seiple founded The Review of Faith &...
John Voll

John Voll

John Voll is Professor of Islamic History and Associate Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University. From 1965-1995 Voll taught and researched at the University of New Hampshire. He...