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Daniel Pearl’s father Professor Judea Pearl, President of the Daniel Pearl Foundation and co-editor of I am Jewish (2004) and Professor Akbar S. Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University, author of Islam Under Siege (2003) and from Pakistan, were invited by the American Jewish Committee to lead a public dialogue in Pittsburgh about the divisions between Muslims and the West and between Jews and Muslims. They discussed issues ranging from foreign policy and global perceptions to truth, lies and deepest fears. The event made a profound impact on the community and was covered in the U.S., Arab and Pakistani press. This personal yet public dialogue continues in other cities across the nation and abroad.

After Terror After Terror edited by Professors Akbar Ahmed and Brian Forst (Polity Press, 2005) offers a sustained reflection by some of the world’s most celebrated thinkers on the most pressing question of our time: how can we find ways to defuse the ticking bombs of terrorism and excessive interventions against it? Without ignoring the dangers of the modern world, it points to a future in which people can celebrate both the fundamental sentiments that make us human and the diversities that make us interesting. The book includes the essay “On Clash, Morality, Renaissance and Dialogue” by Judea Pearl.

‘After September 11, many thought a clash of civilizations was inevitable. This book offers a different, more hopeful answer of building bridges instead of burning them. I strongly recommend it.’
President Jimmy Carter
Across the Great Divide by Paula Span in the Washington Post Magazine , August 1, 2004: Could a public conversation between a Muslim from Pakistan and the Jewish father of murdered reporter Daniel Pearl be something more than “just two grandfathers on stage talking”?

Naseeb Vibes, a literary site for Muslims by Muslims, takes their Dialogue online. Naseeb members add their voices through the TalkBack section. (Naseeb means “destiny” in most languages spoken in the Muslim world, including Arabic, Urdu, Persian, Malaysian, Indonesian, Bangla and Hindi.)
Building Bridges by Judea Pearl (Naseeb Vibes, 9-1-04)
The Postage Stamp Question - Key to Peace in Palestine by Judea Pearl (Naseeb Vibes, 3-7-05)
Need for a Double Narrative by Akbar Ahmed (Naseeb Vibes, 3-11-05)

May 29, 2006, Toronto, Canada
Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim-Jewish Understanding featuring Akbar Ahmed and Judea Pearl
Moderated by Lloyd Robertson – CTV National News
Sponsored by: Association of Progressive Muslims of Canada, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies, Temple Har Zion
Time: 7:00 PM
Islamic Iranian Centre of Imam Ali
129 Bermondsey Road
Scarborough, Ontario
Link to flyer

October 30, 2005 at 2:30- 4:30 pm - New York, NY
Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim-Jewish understanding,
featuring Akbar Ahmed and Judea Pearl
Location: Museum of Jewish Heritage, - A Living Memorial To The Holocaust
Introductory Remarks by Rabbi Marc Schneier and Russell Simmons of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding
Moderated by Jacki Lyden of NPR
Co-sponsored by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding
Safra Hall, 36 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280
contact: For information and Tickets 646 437-4202 View Flyer.

May 16, 2005 – UC Irvine, California
Moderated by Rusty Kennedy, Executive Director of the OCHRC
7:00 p.m.
Crystal Cove Auditorium
Student Center
UC Irvine campus
Campus map and directions: www.uci.edu/campusmap
This event is free and open to the public; however reservations are advised.
For more information or to make a reservation, call the Office of the Dean of Students at (949) 824-5590 or www.dos.uci.edu.

May 4, 2005 – Toronto, Canada
Moderated by Hon. Bob Rae
Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies
7:00 p.m.
Temple Har Zion
7360 Bayview Avenue.
Temple Har Zion
Thornhill, Ontario L3T2R7
For more information please contact Leo Adler, Director of National Affairs [email protected]

May 3, 2005 – Ottawa, Canada
An Evening of Peace, Tolerance and Hope
Moderated by Hon. Ed Broadbent (Ottawa Centre, NDP)
Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies
7:30 p.m.
The Hilton La Leamy - Grand Salon
3 boluevard du Casino
Gatineau (Quebec)
For more information please call 1-866-864-9735, ext. 0

February 28, 2005 – Duke University, Durham, NC
Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim Jewish Understanding
Featuring Professors Akbar Ahmed and Judea Pearl
Page Auditorium at Duke University
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, please contact Susan Kauffman, Office of Public Affairs, [email protected] or (919) 681-8975

Articles on the Duke University Dialogue
Slaying turned into call against violence - The Herald Sun, 2-28-05
Prof, father of slain writer talk tolerance - The Duke Chronicle, 3-01-05
Building Bridges Between Jews and Muslims - Duke News, 3-03-05

November 18, 2004 – Baltimore, MD
Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim Jewish Understanding
Featuring Professors Akbar Ahmed and Judea Pearl
Moderator: John Milewski, Close Up Foundation
84th National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference
Radisson Plaza, Salon C
This event is open only to NCSS conference participants and is being recorded for broadcast on C-Span.

August 8, 2004 - Chicago
Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim Jewish Understanding
Featuring Professors Akbar Ahmed and Judea Pearl
Moderator: Azam Nizamuddin, Esq.
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
56th Annual Conference of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies   
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
Chicago Rooms 6 & 7

June 21-25, 2004 – London, U.K.
Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim Jewish Understanding
Featuring Professor Akbar Ahmed and Professor Judea Pearl
Public Program on Wednesday, June 23, 2004
6:00 p.m.
Brunei Gallery  
University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London
Free and open to the public. No RSVP needed

Articles on the London Dialogue
Daniel Pearl and the Law of Unintended Consequences – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 7-11-2004
A very different revenge – The Tablet, 7-3-2004
Jewish-Muslim Dialogue in London  - The Daily Star of Lebanon, 6-26-2004
Father of Murdered Journalist Daniel Pearl Promotes Jewish-Muslim Dialogue - Listen to Voice of America broadcast, 6-25-04

April 18, 2004 – Williamsburg, VA
The Daniel Pearl Dialogue of Acknowledgement and Reconciliation
Featuring: Dr. Akbar Ahmed and Dr. Judea Pearl
3:00 p.m.
Williamsburg Lodge Auditorium
The College of William and Mary
Williamsburg , Virginia
Free and open to the public

Articles on the Williamsburg Dialogue
Pearl & Ahmed dialogue for acknowledgment & reconciliation - W&M News, 4-22-04
Slain Journalist's Father Tackles Hatred - The Virginian Pilot, 4-19-04
Interfaith Talks Spark New Hope - The Daily Press, 4-19-04

January 20, 2004
Choosing Hope: A Dialogue in Search of Common Ground
Featuring: Dr. Akbar Ahmed and Dr. Judea Pearl
Moderator: Larry Kane, veteran broadcast journalist
7:00 p.m.
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Harrison Auditorium (entrance on 33rd Street between Spruce Street and Convention Avenue)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Free and open to the public

Articles on the Philadelphia Dialogue
Dr. Pearl's Revengeful Dialogue - Pakistan News Service, 1-29-04
Professor Calls for Inter-Faith Harmony - Pakistan Daily Times, 1-26-04
An Open Dialogue Born from Tragedy - Philadelphia Inquirer, 1-20-04
Professor Pearl's op-ed - Continuing a Son's Legacy,  1-18-04
Professor Ahmed's op-ed - Speak, Learn, Befriend,  1-18-04

October 23, 2003 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Towards Interfaith Understanding: A Journey Through Dialogue

Featuring: Dr. Akbar Ahmed and Dr. Judea Pearl
Hosted by David Shtulman, Executive Director, American Jewish Committee of Pittsburgh

Muslim and Jew: Can we talk? Judea Pearl & Akbar Ahmed Forum - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read Akbar S. Ahmed’s article in the Arab News and Daily Times, Pakistan
Read South Asia Tribune article
Read Pitt News article

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