Join us for an illuminating journey through history, geopolitics, and religion to investigate whether Islam is indeed the cause of some of today’s most important international crises and how we might move conversations beyond religious and ideological divides.
Graham E. Fuller is a former vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA, in charge of long-range strategic forecasting. He is currently an independent writer, analyst, lecturer and consultant on Muslim world affairs and Adjunct Professor of History at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. He is the author of numerous books on the Middle East.
Rabbi Reuven Firestone has conducted extensive research on holy war in both Islamic and Jewish tradition. He received Rabbinic Ordination in 1982 and received his Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic studies from New York University in 1988. Among his many fellowships, he was awarded a Fulbright in 2006 for study and research at American University in Cairo. Rabbi Firestone has authored numerous books, among them: Journeys in Holy Lands: The Evolution of the Abraham-Ishmael Legends in Islamic Exegesis; Jihad: The Origin of Holy War in Islam; Children of Abraham: An Introduction to Judaism for Muslims; Jews, Christians, Muslims in Dialogue: A Practical Handbook, and, An Introduction to Islam for Jews.
He is currently a professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. He is co-director of the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement (CMJE), a joint program of Hebrew Union College, the Omar Ibn Al-Khattab Foundation, and the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California.
Maher Hathout is a leading spokesperson for the American Muslim community and has written extensively on Islam, human rights, democracy, Middle East politics and Bosnia. Dr. Hathout is the Muslim Public Affairs Council Senior Advisor, a Charter Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, the western partner of the Council on Foreign Relations, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Alliance. He has been invited to Capitol Hill and the State Department several times to address a variety of topics such as "Islam and U.S. Policy," "Islamic Democracy," "Emerging Trends in Islamic Movements," and "the Future of the Middle East."
The Library Foundation of Los Angeles would like to acknowledge the Muslim Public Affairs Council for their suport in promoting this program.
ALOUD at Central Library's Interfaith Series is made possible by the generous support of the Righteous Persons Foundation.
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