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Islam is a religious tradition stressing submission to God according to the revelations to the prophet Muhammad (570/571-632 CE), whom Muslims hold to be the last in a line of prophets including Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. Muhammad's revelations are recorded in the Qur'an, the sacred scripture of Islam, and Muslims also consider hadith—reports of Muhammad's sayings and actions—to be authoritative guides for moral life. Divergent views on the proper leadership of the Muslim community (ummah) led to a split between Sunni and Shi'a Islam. With around 1.5 billion followers, Islam is the second largest religion in the world, predominating across the Middle East, North Africa, and many parts of Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Political Islam, often known as Islamism, is currently widespread in many Muslim-majority countries; most Islamist groups identify with the ideals of democracy, while a small minority support terrorism.


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  • February 4, 2012
    Background: Lord Carey visited Washington for a World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD) trustees meeting in February 2012. In this exchange with Katherine Marshall, he reflected on his longstanding interest in international development, his role in these matters during his tenure as Archbishop of Canterbury, and his vision and the history of his role as a founder of WFDD, as a partner with James D. Wolfensohn in the venture. He emphasizes that his understanding of his Christian faith puts...
  • November 9, 2011
    Background: This discussion November 2011 between Samia Huq and Katherine Marshall and Michael Bodakowski came during a WFDD/Berkley Center conference that took stock of research and policy work on development and religion and drew on Huq’s co-moderation of the January 2011 consultation (held in Dhaka, Bangladesh) on faith and development in South and Central Asia. She reflects here on gender and Islam in Bangladeshi society. She recounts how her participation in women’s Islamic discussion...
  • October 31, 2011
    Background: James Wuye and Imam Ashafa visited Washington, DC in October 2011 to launch the documentary An African Answer (about their mediation work in Kenya following the violence aftermath of 2008 elections) and met with Katherine Marshall on October 31, at the Berkley Center at Georgetown University. The discussion centered on how they came to work together, their sense of where Nigeria is today (including reflections on the roots of conflict), issues around health and faith in Nigerian,...
  • October 28, 2011
    Background: This discussion between Azza Karam (in New York) and Katherine Marshall and Michael Bodakowski in October 2011 builds on an earlier exchange on April 29, 2010. Dr. Karam highlights the complex evolution of thinking and approach within the United Nations system in relation to religion, seen from the vantage point of UNFPA. This has involved specifically intensive work to establish a network of faith-based organizations working especially on population issues; and simultaneously to...
  • October 25, 2011
    Background: Zeyneb Sayilgan is a doctoral student in the Theological and Religious Studies program in the Department of Theology at Georgetown University. She is also a Chaplain-in-Residence at Georgetown University, providing spiritual guidance to students while living alongside them in an undergraduate residence hall. Due to her commitment to interfaith engagement, she is passionate about responding to the White House Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. In this discussion,...
  • October 21, 2011
    Background: This discussion between Angela Reitmaier (who worked with the Kenyan Secretariat of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development from 2007-2009) and Hon. Abdikadir Hussein Mohamed took place in Berlin on October 21, 2011, when German President Christian Wulff presented the German Africa Award 2011 to Hon. Abdikadir, in recognition of his contribution to implementing constitutional reform in Kenya and of his fact-oriented and conciliatory way of working for equal opportunities and...
  • September 20, 2011
    Background: Rabia Mathai participated in the January, 2011 BRAC/Berkley Center/WFDD consultation on South and Central Asia, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and this exchange was initially in that regional context. The discussion, however, extended beyond to a wide range of other issues, notably HIV and AIDS and maternal and child health. Dr. Mathai reflects on the pioneering role of faith-inspired organizations on these topics and on efforts to bring those efforts more into the limelight. She describes...
  • May 22, 2011
    Background: As part of the Future of Track-Two Diplomacy Undergraduate Fellows Seminar, in fall 2010 Saaliha Khan interviewed Imam Yahya Hendi, founder of Clergy Beyond Borders and Muslim chaplain at Georgetown University, about the intersections of US foreign policy, religion, and Track II diplomacy.
  • May 22, 2011
    Background: As part of the Future of Track-Two Diplomacy Undergraduate Fellows Seminar, in fall 2010 Saaliha Khan interviewed Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Chairman of the Cordoba Institute, about the intersections of US foreign policy, religion, and Track II diplomacy.
  • May 22, 2011
    Background: As part of the Future of Track-Two Diplomacy Undergraduate Fellows Seminar, in fall 2010 Sara Moufarrij interviewed Dr. Ziad Asali, founding president of the American Task Force on Palestine, about the intersections of US foreign policy, religion, and Track II diplomacy.
  • March 31, 2011
    This conversation between John Lewis and Katherine Marshall, Thomas Bohnett, and Hahna Fridirici took place on March 15, 2010 as part of a World Faiths Development Dialogue investigation of faith and agriculture and was updated in March 2011 by email. Lewis’ core argument is that agricultural strategies for Africa can and should press for carbon-intense food security agriculture as opposed to outdated Green Revolution approaches that involve clearing land, chemical fertilizer, pesticides, and...
  • March 26, 2011
    Background: This exchange is based on a November 3, 2009 telephone conversation between Stephen Carr and Thomas Bohnett, in advance of a World Faiths Development Dialogue-sponsored consultation held at Georgetown University on links between faith and agriculture. The interview was updated by email correspondence in March 2011. Mr. Carr starts by highlighting his experience working with smallholder agriculture in Southern Sudan, Uganda, and Malawi, and stresses that working through religious...
  • March 21, 2011
    Background: This discussion preceded a consultation on faith and development in South and Central Asia in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on January 10-11, 2011. The interview was conducted by telephone between Katherine Marshall, Michael Bodakowski and Bedreldin Shutta, and was finalized following an email exchange in March 2011. In this interview, Mr. Shutta discusses his motivations to work with a faith-inspired organization after a long career with secular development organizations. He reflects on his...
  • February 24, 2011
    Background: This discussion preceded the January 2011 consultation on faith and development in South and Central Asia in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The interview supplements a conversation in December 2008; it was by video conference between Katherine Marshall and Michael Bodakowski, and Swami Agnivesh followed up during the Dhaka consultation and by email. Swami Agnivesh discusses his involvement in peace processes in India, with the Maoists and in Kashmir; his mediation efforts with the Maoists...
  • February 11, 2011
    Background: Background: This discussion preceded a consultation on faith and development in South and Central Asia in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on January 10-11, 2011. The interview was by telephone between Michael Bodakowski and Batir Zalimov, with Russian/English interpretation provided by Manizha Haitova. In this interview Mr. Zalimov discusses development in Tajikistan, the role of civil society, religious leaders, and the government, and the sometimes tense interactions between and among them....
  • February 2, 2011
    Background: This conversation between James Pond and Ethan Carroll took place in Phnom Penh on February 2, 2011. James discusses the formative experiences that led to his founding Transitions Global, including his realization that victims of human trafficking deserve the opportunity to realize their dreams. He explains his inquiry into the nature of success in aftercare, the need to professionalize service-provision, and Transitions’ aim to rehabilitate trafficked girls to the point that they...
  • December 18, 2010
    Background: This discussion is background for a consultation on faith and development in South and Central Asia in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on January 10-11, 2011. The interview was by telephone between Michael Bodakowski and Abdurakhim Nazarov; Tajik-English interpretation was provided by Manizha Haitova. In this conversation, Imam Khatib Nazarov discusses his role as a Muslim leader engaged in social welfare programming in Tajikistan. He describes programs on HIV/AIDS prevention, imam training,...
  • December 18, 2010
    Background: This discussion preceded a consultation on faith and development in South and Central Asia in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on January 10-11, 2011. The consultation, an endeavor of the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD), and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, took stock of the range of ongoing work by organizations that are, in varying ways, inspired by religious faith, but more important, explored policy implications that emerge from...
  • December 13, 2010
    Background: This discussion, conducted by telephone between Michael Bodakowski and Mr. Olcott Gunasekera was finalized following an email exchange in February 2011, and served as background for a consultation on faith and development in South and Central Asia in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on January 10-11, 2011. Stressing that historical conflict in Sri Lanka arises more from colonial policies than from religion or ethnicity, Mr. Gunasekera recounts his experience on issues of faith and development...
  • December 10, 2010
    Background: This conversation occurred between Farina So and Nathaniel Adams and DC-Cam's office in Phnom Penh on December 10, 2010. In it, Ms. So discusses issues of religion and identity in Cambodia's Cham community, including the role of women in safeguarding and transmitting these traditions. She also explains the importance of oral history, or as she calls it “history from below”, for empowering marginalized groups in Cambodia. She discusses how the Cham Oral History Project...
  • December 9, 2010
    Background: This discussion preceded a consultation on faith and development in South and Central Asia in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on January 10-11, 2011. The interview was by telephone between Michael Bodakowski and Keshab Prasad Chaulagain, and expanded upon by email exchange on February 16, 2011. In this interview Mr. Chaulagain discusses the peace process in Nepal, the diverse actors, and the importance of engaging faith communities. He describes his collaboration with UN WOMEN and the crucial...
  • December 2, 2010
    Background: The context for this discussion is preparation for a consultation on faith and development in South and Central Asia in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on January 10-11, 2011. The consultation is an endeavor of the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD) and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, with support from the Henry R. Luce Foundation. Its aim is to take stock of the wide range of ongoing work by different organizations that are, in varying...
  • November 26, 2010
    Background: During this exchange with Michael Bodakowski and Katherine Marshall in November of 2010, Visaka Dharmadasa discusses her work to build sustainable peace in Sri Lanka. She recounts how she came to establish the organizations Parents of Servicemen Missing in Action and the Association of War Affected Women after her own son was declared missing-in-action. Describing the role of the Catholic Church in building bridges in Sri Lanka, Ms. Dharmadasa highlights the universal religious...
  • November 24, 2010
    Background: The context for this discussion is preparation for a consultation on faith and development in South and Central Asia in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on January 10-11, 2011. The consultation is an endeavor of the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD) and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, with support from the Henry R. Luce Foundation. Its aim is to take stock of the wide range of ongoing work by different organizations that are, in varying...
  • November 24, 2010
    Background: Thoraya Obaid and Katherine Marshall sat down to reflect on Dr. Obaid's engagement with faith actors during a UN staff workshop in Turin, Italy in November 2010. In addition to discussing the upcoming stages of her career, after she leaves UNFPA in December 2010, the conversation builds on earlier exchanges and explores both the positive and less enthralling aspects of Dr. Obaid's longstanding determination to actively take culture and religion into account in pursuing UNFPA's...
  • November 13, 2010
    Background: The context for this discussion is preparation for a consultation on faith and development in South and Central Asia, held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on January 10-11, 2011. The consultation is an endeavor of the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD) and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, with support from the Henry R. Luce Foundation. Its aim is to take stock of the wide range of ongoing development work by different organizations...
  • November 10, 2010
    Background: Background: The context for this discussion is preparation for a consultation on faith and development in South and Central Asia, held in Dhaka, Bangladesh January 10-11, 2011. The consultation is an endeavor of the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD), the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, with support from the Henry R. Luce Foundation. Its aim is to take stock of the wide range of ongoing work by different organizations that are,...
  • November 1, 2010
    Background: The context for this discussion is preparation for a consultation on faith and development in South and Central Asia in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on January 10-11, 2011. The consultation is an endeavor of the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD) and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, with support from the Henry R. Luce Foundation. Its aim is to take stock of the wide range of ongoing work by different organizations that are, in varying...
  • September 21, 2010
    Background: The context for this discussion is preparation for a consultation on faith and development in South and Central Asia, held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on January 10-11, 2011. The consultation is an endeavor of the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD) and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, with support from the Henry R. Luce Foundation. Its aim is to take stock of the wide range of ongoing development work by different organizations...
  • August 24, 2010
    Michael Scharff and Augustina Delaney met with Heng Monychenda and Mike Clarke in Battambang in October 2009, as part of WFDD's review of faith and development in Cambodia. Their discussion focused on what unique attributes Cambodian Buddhism offers for the development process, and, more specifically, on the origins and current work of Buddhism for Development (BFD, the organization that Monychenda founded and where Clarke serves as Management and Business Advisor). The text was finalized...
  • July 14, 2010
    Background: As part of the Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding Fellowship, Consuelo Amat interviewed Sheikh Abdullahi Abdi, Chairman of National Muslim Leaders Forum and CEO of Northern Aid, and Chairman of the National Governing Council for the New Partnership for Africa’s Development in Nairobi, Kenya. In the interview, Abdullahi discuses his work as a Muslim leader and advocate of the rights of marginalized populations, including those in the coastal region, the pastoralists in the...
  • July 8, 2010
    Background: This July 2010 exchange with Katherine Marshall took place outlines the origins of Amina Sasul-Bernardo’s work to bring Filipino Muslim women more visibly and centrally into peace work. She emphasizes that Southeast regional dimensions of this work have grown, highlighting the ways in which often invisible potential for social action can be transmitted into new domains. She explores why women, when given the opportunity and sound tools, can be the most effective peacebuilders.

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  • July 8, 2010
    Background: This discussion between Bilkisu Yusuf and Thomas Bohnett took place on July 8, 2010 during the WFDD/USIP/Berkley Center symposium on women, religion, and peace. Yusuf recounts highlights from her career as a journalist in Nigeria, during which she frequently ran into government opposition against her coverage. She discusses the resurgence of Islam in Northern Nigeria and the deficits she sees in Islamic leadership in the region. Created with an Islamic perspective by Muslim women,...
  • July 6, 2010
    Background: This June 2010 conversation between Maryann Cusimano Love and Susan Hayward focuses on Maryann's academic work in seeking to bridge the U.S. Government and organizations within the international relations field that have often failed to engage “religious actors and factors” with faith-based organizations and communities that are involved in peacebuilding and development. Though religious groups are not powerful economic actors, they have significant clout with grassroots networks...
  • July 2, 2010
    Background: This July 2010 discussion between Afeefa Syeed and Katherine Marshall focuses on Afeefa's pioneering role within USAID and her rich experience there. She highlights the importance of listening to what communities want and driving programs from that perspective. Women are natural peacemakers, she argues, across many regions, from family to community to regional levels, sought out in conflicts because of their skills and approach. She also speaks to the active roles of youth, many...
  • July 1, 2010
    Background: As part of the Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding Fellowship, Christopher O'Connor interviewed Yusuf Arrigasiyyu, Executive Director of the Muslim League for Accountability (MULAC). Yusuf Arrigasiyyu, who oversees the association’s initiatives, believes that good governance will ultimately lead to a more peaceful Nigeria.
  • July 1, 2010
    Background: As part of the Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding Fellowship, Christopher O'Connor interviewed Alimigbe Francis, OI, Abuja Provincial Secretary for Justice, Development & Peace/Caritas/Health (JDPC). JDPC is an organ of the Catholic Church that implements human development programs aimed at “improving the lives of the economically disadvantaged, the structurally deprived, the unjustly punished, and those under threat and violence.” Alimigbe Francis, OI, who has been with JDPC...
  • July 1, 2010
    Background: As part of the Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding Fellowship, Christopher O'Connor interviewed Rev. Fr. John Onaiyekan, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Abuja and the former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria. In both capacities he has advocated for dialogue with the Muslim communities in Nigeria with the aim of promoting interreligious tolerance. While acknowledging that religion can compound already complex tensions throughout the country, he states that “the...
  • July 1, 2010
    Background: As part of the Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding Fellowship, Christopher O'Connor interviewed Josiah Fearon, Anglican Bishop of Kaduna, Nigeria. In this interview he talks about his work with Christians and Muslims to promote tolerance and peace (despite fierce opposition from extremists on both fronts), including offering workshops and lectures aimed at highlighting points of common interest and dispelling mutual suspicions and hostilities.
  • July 1, 2010
    Background: As part of the Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding Fellowship, Christopher O'Connor interviewed S.L.S. Salifu, General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). In this interview, Salifu talks about his involvement with intra-Christian relations and Christian-Muslim relations and the challenges of overcoming misunderstanding to promote peace.
  • July 1, 2010
    Background: As part of the Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding Fellowship, Christopher O'Connor interviewed Maryam Idris Othman, National President of the Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria (FOMWAN), and Aisha Akanbi, Good Governance Officer with the organization. FOMWAN, as it name suggests, is an umbrella association for Muslim Non-Governmental Organizations focused on improving the welfare of women and children in Nigeria. Its three core emphases are education, health,...
  • July 1, 2010
    Background: As part of the Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding Fellowship, Christopher O'Connor interviewed Zulaihatu Jaafar, Kaduna state President of the Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria (FOMWAN), and Bilhatu Idris Adamu, Kaduna state Secretary of FOMWAN. In this interview Jaafar and Adamu discuss their participation in interreligious dialogue forums and FOMWAN's work providing healthcare services, education, and interfaith tolerance.
  • June 30, 2010
    Background: In this June 2010 exchange with Katherine Marshall, Karen Torjesen reflects on the evolution of her intellectual interest in religious history towards a focus on the role of women in the early church. That interest in religion and its gender dimensions paralleled a growing interest in women's studies. The two threads found themselves united in the development of Claremont's interreligious studies program and rooted in the social realities of the Los Angeles community. Her focus...
  • June 29, 2010
    Background: As part of the Religion, Conflict, and Peace building Fellowship, Consuelo Amat interviewed Reverend Anthony Jami Sasaka, Inter-Religious Dialogue Coordinator for Chemchemi Ya Ukweli (Kiswahili for Wellspring of Truth), and Otieno Ombok, Consultant at Chemchemi and Executive Director at Bondo Institute for Development and Technology. Sasaka and Ombok talked about Chemchemi’s work as the only Kenyan organizations working to train people on the strategies and way of life of...
  • June 13, 2010
    Background: This June 2010 discussion between Andrea Blanch and Katherine Marshall focuses on Dr. Blanch's work as a supporter and partner in the Women Reborn Project in Israel. The project centers on the Palestinian village of Fureidis and is a remarkably successful example of women’s empowerment that starts with leadership and has engaged a wide range of partners, including secular women’s organizations and both Muslims and Jews. Blanch highlights the importance of a path that women...
  • June 8, 2010
    Background: This June 2010 exchange between Qamar-ul Huda and Susan Hayward focuses on Huda’s experiences as a Pakistani-American, which led him into the field of Islamic peacemaking, and his work for USIP in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  • June 8, 2010
    Background: This June 2010 exchange between Kathleen Kuehnast and Susan Hayward focuses on Kathleen's experiences working in Northern Ireland and in Kyrgyzstan, which in turn led her into the field of conflict resolution, with a particular focus on gender dynamics in conflict. Kathleen presses for religion to be better understood and examined as it relates to gender dynamics in conflict and peace.
  • June 5, 2010
    Background: This June 2010 exchange between Manal Omar and Susan Hayward highlights Omar’s experiences and insights into religion and its intersection with women's empowerment, development, and peacemaking, particularly with respect to Muslim women in the Middle East. She speaks to the challenges she herself faces as a spiritually devout Muslim woman operating in an often secular-biased development field, and she emphasizes the need to build relationships between secular and religious women.
  • May 18, 2010
    Background: This May 2010 exchange between Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana and Susan Hayward focuses on Dr. Kadayifci-Orellan's experience leading workshops on Islamic peacemaking in the Middle East, and her observations of women's roles, absences, and strengths for peacemaking. She also reflects on the challenges women religious peacemakers face, and gulfs that separate secular and religious women working for empowerment and peace.

  • May 18, 2010
    Background: This June, 2010 discussion between David Smock and Susan Hayward focuses on David's experiences in international development and as a Christian minister that led him to work in the field of religious peacemaking. Smock speaks about his religious peacemaking work and the ways in which women have often been excluded from that work.

  • May 2, 2010
    Background: This May 2010 telephone exchange between Kathryn Poethig and Katherine Marshall explores Dr. Poethig's academic and professional experience with women's struggles for social justice and peace, particularly in the Philippines and Cambodia. She urges a particular focus on the role and efficacy of networks in both religious and non-religious contexts. Noting that the gulfs between secular and religious tend to be less pronounced outside the United States and Europe, she sees...
  • May 1, 2010
    Background: This June, 2010 exchange between Susan Hayward and Katherine Marshall focuses on experiences that have inspired Susan Hayward to press for more purposeful exploration of the issues of women, religion, and peace, notably drawing on her work in Colombia, Sri Lanka, and Iraq. She highlights her growing concern about the sidelined roles of women in work for peace and the need to turn women’s issues into a central, not a peripheral concern. Instead of favoring the plans and agendas of...
  • April 29, 2010
    Background: This exchange with Azza Karam was part of preparatory work for a WFDD/Berkley Center/USIP conference on women, religion, and peace on July 7-8, 2010. Ms. Karam and Katherine Marshall spoke by telephone on April 6, 2010 in preparation for the interview conducted on April 29, 2010. The discussion focuses on Ms. Karam's experience in building networks of women involved in peace, and her ongoing research on the topic. Her interest in the topic stems both from her lifelong commitment...
  • February 10, 2010
    Background: As part of the Foreign Policy Practitioners Interview Series, Dr. Thomas Farr interviewed Elliott Abrams, former member and Chairman of United States Commission on International Religious Freedom and current Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations Washington Office. In this interview, Abrams speaks about how his professional and religious experience led to his involvement with the US Commission on International Religious Freedom. Additionally,...
  • December 3, 2009
    Background: The context for this discussion is preparation for a consultation on faith and development in Southeast Asia, held in Phnom Penh Cambodia December 14-15 2009. The consultation was an endeavor of the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD), the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, with support from the Luce Foundation, and the University of Cambodia. Its aim was to take stock of the wide range of ongoing work by different organizations...
  • December 2, 2009
    Background note: The context for this discussion was preparation for a consultation on faith and development in Asia held in Phnom Penh Cambodia December 14-15, 2009. The consultation is an endeavor of the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD) and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, with support from the Luce Foundation. The event aimed to take stock of the wide range of ongoing work by different organizations that are, in varying ways,...
  • November 30, 2009

    Background: This discussion took place in preparation for a consultation on faith and development in Southeast Asia, held in Phnom Penh Cambodia December 14-15 2009. The consultation was an endeavor of the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD), the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, with support from the Luce Foundation, and the University of Cambodia. Its aim was to take stock of the wide range of ongoing work by different organizations that...
  • November 25, 2009
    Background: Gunnar Stålsett pursues world peace through many routes and he is a leading global advocate for international development and for engaging religious communities on social justice and solidarity issues. In this interview he speaks about his long and varied career, above all through this lens of peace and social justice.
  • November 25, 2009
    Background: The context for this discussion was in preparation for a consultation on faith and development in Asia held in Phnom Penh Cambodia December 14-15 2009. It was an endeavor of the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD), the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, with support from the Luce Foundation, and the University of Cambodia. The event took stock of the wide range of ongoing work by different organizations that are, in varying ways,...
  • November 24, 2009
    Background: The context for this discussion is preparation for a consultation on faith and development in Southeast Asia, held in Phnom Penh Cambodia December 14-15 2009. The consultation was an endeavor of the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD), the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, with support from the Luce Foundation, and the University of Cambodia. Its aim was to take stock of the wide range of ongoing work by different organizations...
  • November 23, 2009

    Background: The context for this discussion is preparation for a consultation on faith and development in Southeast Asia, held in Phnom Penh Cambodia December 14-15, 2009. The consultation was an endeavor of the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD), the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, with support from the Luce Foundation and the University of Cambodia. Its aim was to take stock of the wide range of ongoing work by different organizations...
  • November 16, 2009
    Background: This discussion took place in preparation for a consultation on faith and development in Asia held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on December 14-15, 2009, an endeavor of the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD) and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, with support from the Luce Foundation. Its aim was to take stock of the wide range of ongoing work by different organizations that are, in varying ways, inspired by religious faith; but...
  • November 11, 2009
    Background: This discussion took place as part of preparations for a consultation on faith and development in Southeast Asia, held in Phnom Penh Cambodia December 14-15 2009. The consultation, an endeavor of the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD), the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, with support from the Luce Foundation, and the University of Cambodia, took stock of the wide range of ongoing work by different organizations that are, in...
  • November 11, 2009

    Background: This discussion took place as part of preparations for a consultation on faith and development in Southeast Asia, held December 14-15 2009 in Phnom Penh. The interview was conducted by telephone between Heng Monychenda and Michael Bodakowski. Heng Monychenda, Director of Buddhism for Development, works to bridge the teachings of engaged Buddhism with development, contributing his personal understanding of the Cambodian context, the training he received at Harvard University, and...
  • November 11, 2009
    Background: This discussion took place as part of preparations for a consultation on faith and development in Southeast Asia, held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on December 14-15, 2009. The consultation was an endeavor of the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD), the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, with support from the Luce Foundation, and the University of Cambodia. Its aim was to take stock of the wide range of ongoing work by different...
  • November 6, 2009
    Background note: This discussion complements the parallel exploration with Professor Steinberg about broad faith roles and issues across Asia. Both were part of preparatory work for the December 2009 Phnom Penh consultation. Here, the focus is Myanmar/Burma and the roles of religions in that context. The conversation took place at Georgetown University between David Steinberg and Michael Bodakowski. Dr. Steinberg reflects on the role of Buddhism in Burmese society, its influence across both...
  • October 3, 2009

    Background: Homa Sabet Tavangar's new book, Growing up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World, explores imperatives and opportunities that go with living in today's plural societies. Her multi-faith and international background inspired her to research and write the book. The special challenges of applying principles of human rights at the level of child-rearing are the focus of this interview, as are the broader implications of Homa's experience and insights, including her...

  • August 25, 2009

    You have long been a vocal leader within the Catholic Church, and among religious leaders more broadly, on humanitarian and development issues. How did you come to those concerns?

    It's hard to know where to start. I think perhaps there were two things that in a very special way brought me to this kind of a life. The first was the vocation that I found in the priesthood, because the priesthood is a life that hopefully demands that you look out for the poor, the handicapped, the stranger, and...
  • August 21, 2009
    Background: Dr. Kim Hourn Kao was born in Cambodia and educated in the United States. He received his B.A. in Asian Studies from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. After completing his B.A., Kao went on to earn masters in International Affairs and Political Science, as well as earning a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Hawaii. As a scholar and a diplomat, he has made various important contributions to both Cambodia and ASEAN. Kao is the president and founder of the University...
  • August 21, 2009
    Background: Dr. Gerlinda Lucas is serving in Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE as Deputy Director of Administration. Her main role is monitoring and evaluating the HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria program of the hospital that is funded by Global Fund. She also took part in launching a community outreach project through a mobile clinic, currently providing basic primary health care and health education to most depressed area in Phnom Penh. In the past, Dr. Lucas served as Medical Project Supervisor in...
  • July 3, 2009
    Background: Agnes Abuom is a leading figure within African ecumenical circles and, increasingly, within global faith institutions. This discussion between Dr. Abuom, Katherine Marshall, and Thomas Bohnett took place in Accra, Ghana, on July 3, 2009 and highlights Dr. Abuom's experiences with political, ecumenical, and peace movements. She recounts her early years growing up in Kenya and her “faith biography.” Involved from her girlhood in both religion and politics, by the late 1990s she was...
  • June 14, 2009
    Background: In this discussion, which took place on June 14, 2009 as part of the Berkley Center's series on Practitioners and Faith-Inspired Development, Katherine Marshall sat down with Aicha Ech-Channa to discuss the stigma unmarried girls in Morocco face and what she does to change the situation. Winner of the $1 million Opus Prize in 2009, Ech-Channa has worked for five decades to help unmarried women with children in Casablanca, Morocco.
  • May 25, 2009
    Background: As part of the Peacebuilding Practitioners Interview Series, Jason Klocek interviewed Sheikh Saleh Habimana, who has served as the head Mufti of Rwanda since 2001. In this interview, Sheikh Habimana shares information about the Islamic community's involvement in working toward reconciliation in Rwanda. He also discusses the historical relationship between the Christian and Muslim communities.
  • May 3, 2009
    Background: In 1992, Rev. Canon Gideon Byamugisha, an Anglican priest in Uganda, became the first African religious leader to openly admit to being HIV-positive. Following his disclosure to the public, he began to speak widely to other leaders about the need to reduce stigma associated with the disease. In 2000 he founded the Africa Network of Religious Leaders Living with or Personally Affected by HIV/AIDS. In the following discussion between Rev. Byamugisha and Thomas Bohnett, he describes...
  • January 26, 2009
    Background: Schuyler Thorup has been directly involved in international humanitarian relief and development for nearly two decades. Through Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the United States Catholic community, Schuyler has served in a variety of capacities in Angola, Zimbabwe, Peru, Armenia, Malawi and the U.S. As the Guatemala-based Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Schuyler is currently responsible for overseeing CRS' programs...
  • October 23, 2008
    Background: Since 2005, Tom Jones has worked as the Ambassador-at-Large in the CEO's office of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) where he represents HFHI and its CEO to outside groups. He has represented HFHI in the ONE Campaign, InterAction, and as a leader in the new HFHI Advocacy Initiative. Presently, he leads the HFHI Interfaith Exploration. Prior to his tenure with HFHI, Jones served as pastor of large Presbyterian congregations in Kentucky and Florida, and was senior pastor of...
  • June 25, 2008
    Background: Audu Grema, Regional Coordinator of the United Kingdom's Department for International Development Nigeria Northern Office in Kano State, was a student of agriculture in Nigeria and the U.K. who went into development as a way to improve the lives of farmers in his home country. One focus of the interview was on Grema's experiences with religious leaders in northern Nigeria influencing public perceptions about development interventions. In one anecdote, he recalled how Islamic...
  • June 25, 2008
    Background: Lisette van der Wel is a Dutch anthropologist and theologian with special interest in the interface of religion and development. She has 25 years of experience in international development cooperation and interreligious dialogue, both with NGOs in Asia and Africa and with faith and development organizations in the Netherlands. Currently, she is policy advisor for Religion and Development in the Interchurch Organisation for Development Cooperation (ICCO). Through this leadership...
  • June 23, 2008
    Background: This discussion between Husnul Amin and Brady Walkinshaw took place on June 23, 2008 as part of preparatory work for a June 24-25, 2008 consultation in the Hague on roles of faith-inspired organizations in development. In the interview, Mr. Amin shares how he came to research the links between poverty, social development, and religious education in the Islamic world. He also relates how his own experiences in Pakistan have shaped his view on the relationship between Islam and...
  • June 23, 2008
    Background: This discussion between Welmoet Boender and Katherine Marshall took place by phone as part of preparation for a June 24, 2008 consultation at the ISS in The Hague on "Global Development and Faith-Inspired Organizations in Europe and Africa." In this exchange, Ms. Boender describes her work with the Knowledge Center, a collaborative project launched in 2006 by five Dutch faith-based organizations. She outlines the direction of her research, focused especially on Islam, and also...
  • June 17, 2008
    Background: Muhammed Haron has taught at many universities, such as the University of the Western Cape (UWC), the University of Cape Town (UCT), the National University of Malaysia, Stellenbosch University, and Rhodes University. During his academic career, he received the Educational Opportunities Council Award, Mellon Award, and the Prestigious Scholarship Award from the Human Science Research Council. He has published numerous articles, which concentrate on Muslims in South Africa and...
  • June 1, 2008
    Background: This interview was conducted between Professor Omer Caha and Brady Walkinshaw took place by email as part of preparations for a June 24, 2008 consultation in the Hague on "Global Development and Faith-Inspired Organizations in Europe and Africa." In this discussion, Professor Caha reflects on his background and the dynamics of NGOs in Turkey that he noticed as a student. He comments on charity and faith-based organizations, Islam and Turkey, and the ways secularism and faith do or...
  • December 18, 2007
    Background: This conversation between Noureddine Benmalek and Katherine Marshall, originally spoken in French, was part of a December 17, 2007 symposium at Georgetown University's Doha Campus on "Global Development and Faith-Inspired Organizations in the Muslim World." In this interview, Mr. Benmalek speaks about his interest in non-violent Islamism. In addition to explaining his own views on Islamism, Mr. Benmalek offers insight into how Islamist organizations oriented toward development...
  • December 15, 2007
    Background: This conversation between Marie Juul Petersen, Sara Lei Sparre, and Katherine Marshall took place as part of preparatory work for a December 2007 symposium on “Global Development and Faith-Inspired Organizations in the Muslim World,” co-sponsored by the Berkley Center. In this interview, they discuss the findings of their study on Islam and civil society organizations in Egypt and Jordan. The project focuses on existing civil society organizations, particularly social welfare...
  • December 15, 2007
    Background: In preparation for a December 17, 2007 symposium in Doha on global development and faith-inspired organizations in the Muslim World, Katherine Marshall and Hady Amr met again to discuss Mr. Amr's recent work. In this interview, Mr. Amr reflects on his work at the Brookings Doha Center and the role of faith in the public square in both the United States and in the Muslim World. He discusses Islamic social movements and reemphasizes the potential and necessity of a partnership...
  • December 14, 2007
    Background: This conversation between Mona Atia and Katherine Marshall took place as part of the preparatory work for a December 17, 2007 conference at Georgetown University's Doha Campus on "Global Development and Faith-Inspired Organizations in the Muslim World." Ms. Atia discusses her dissertation research as a PhD candidate at the University of Washington,inspired by her initial desire to understand "how the Patriot Act was creating a climate in which traditional charity, across the...
  • December 12, 2007
    Background: Saad Eddin Ibrahim is a Professor of Sociology at the American University in Cairo and a prominent human rights activist in Egypt. Ibrahim founded the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies in Cairo and the Arab Organization for Human Rights. He has been criticized for accepting international funds to promote civil society and election monitoring in Egypt, and for suggesting that the United States should condition its aid to Egypt on improvements in the country's human rights...
  • December 3, 2007
    Background: Dr. Hany El-Banna is Co-Founder and President of Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), an international relief and development organization that aims to alleviate the poverty and suffering of the world's poorest. He is a member of the Three Faiths Forum and was selected to be a member in the World Economic Forum's Community of West-Islam Dialogue (C-100). El Banna is also a trustee of the Disasters Emergency Committee and a member of the Advisory Group to the International Department of...
  • December 2, 2007
    Background: This conversation between Roksana Bahramitash and Katherine Marshall took place on December 2, 2007 as part of the preparatory work for a December 17 conference in Doha examining the role of faith-linked organizations on social and economic development in the Muslim world. In this interview, Ms. Bahramitash shares how her experiences working to promote literacy in post-revolutionary Iran led her to explore the role of faith-based organizations in development and in the informal...
  • December 1, 2007
    Background: This exchange between Amadou Cissé and Katherine Marshall took place as part of preparations for a December 17, 2007 conference in Doha on "Global Development and Faith-Inspired Organizations in the Muslim World." An ex-prime minister of Niger, Mr. Cissé comes from a long line of local Muslim leaders and is a product of the French colonial education system. In the following discussion, he provides expert analysis on the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), a unique multilateral...
  • November 27, 2007
    Background: The following conversation between Patrice Brodeur and Katherine Marshall was conducted by phone as part of preparation for a December 17, 2007 conference in Doha on "Global Development and Faith-Inspired Organizations in the Muslim World." Mr. Brodeur shares how he became passionate about the study of religions and discusses his current involvement in the interfaith dialogue in the Islamic world. He describes his vision of "inter-worldview dialogue" as intended to merge the...
  • November 23, 2007
    Background: Dr. Hasan Ali Yurtsever is President of the Rumi Forum, an organization founded in 1999 to promote interfaith and intercultural dialogue, and teaches in the Math department at Georgetown. He participated in the symposium on “Global Development and Faith-Inspired Organizations in the Muslim World,” co-sponsored by the Berkley Center, in December 2007. Yurtsever has a long history of participation in the Gulen Movement, which began in Turkey under Fethullah Gulen and has spread...
  • March 23, 2007
    Background: This discussion between Hady Amr and Katherine Marshall took place as part of the preparatory work for an April 16, 2007 conference on faith-based organizations and global development policy. In this interview, Mr. Amr highlights the need for further exploration of the dynamics of faith-based organizations, and how they differ from their secular counterparts. He speaks about his own experiences working with Islam and development in the Middle East, and concludes that faith is "the...