In Search of a Model Muslim State

Apr 14

Huffington Post, April 14, 2009 During his recent visit to Turkey, President Obama spoke about the promise of a new era in Turkish-U.S. relationship that can serve as a “model partnership” between the West and the Muslim world. America’s quest to find a “model” Muslim partner is not new. In January 2008, then U.S. President George W....

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Passover Tells a Story Familiar to Both Muslims and Jews

Apr 10

Huffington Post, April 9, 2009 A week before Passover, a local interfaith group called the Table of Abraham organized a Seder event at Congregation Ahavath Chesed, a Reform Jewish congregation in Jacksonville. The goal was to enact all of the rituals that are part of Seder as a way of informing and teaching people who are unfamiliar with this tradition. Turning the...

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Waiting to exhale: Obama visits Turkey

Apr 06

Published in Today’s Zaman, April 5, 2009(Turkey’s largest circulating English daily) Long before Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States of America, people in Turkey had expressed a sentiment of hope about his presidency. Reporting for The New York Observer in January 2008, Suzy Hansen quoted Omer Taspınar, director...

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