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Abraham's Children: Liberty and Tolerance in an Age of Religious Conflict

Essay ContributorsRabbi Arik

Rabbi Arik Ascherman is the Executive Director of Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR), an organization that gives voice to the Jewish religious tradition of human rights for Israelis, Palestinians, and foreign workers alike.

CarterJimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States, awarded Nobel Peace Prize.

Kelly Clark is Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College and former Executive Director of the Society of Christian Philosophers. He iKellys editor of the book Abraham's Children: Liberty and Tolerance in an Age of Religious Conflict, forthcoming from Yale University Press, and co-chair of the September 2011 conference.

NuritNurit Peled-Elhanan, Israeli peace activist, prof. at Hebrew Univ, and 2001 recipient of Sakharov prize for Human Rights and the Freedom of Speech.

GulenM. Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic scholar with a global network of millions of followers. An inspirational leader who encourages a life guided by moderate Islamic principles.


Rana Husseini
, internationally recognized and award winning journalist and human rights defender; author of Murder in the Name of Honor.



Meral Ziya, Turkish Christian writer, researcher, academic and an expert on religious freedom in the Middle East. Currently, Joseph Crapa Fellow at the US Commission on International Religious Freedom.

HediahHedieh Mirahmadi, President of the World Organization for Resource Development & Education to assist moderate Muslim communities to resist the ideological onslaught of Islamic extremism.

Leah Shakdiel
, Peace activist and feminist involved in Oz V’Shalom/Netivot Shalom, MachsomWatch, Darom4Peace and Mirkam Ezory.

HannaHanna Siniora, Co-CEO of the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information. Awarded the Peace Prize of Honor from the Order of the Knights of Malta and the Papal Silver Olive Branch for Peace.


Abdolkarim Soroush is a researcher at the Institute for CulturAbdolkarimal Research and Studies in Iran. One of the Muslim world's most influential thinkers for his analysis of the relationship between religious and secular knowledge and authority, Soroush has also been a Visiting Professor at Harvard, Princeton, and Yale Universities and the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin.


Miroslav Volf is the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology, Yale University.


Abdurrahman Wahid, Indonesia’s first democratically-elected president and past head of the Nahdlatul Ulama, the world’s largest Muslim organization, with nearly 40 million members.

NickNicholas Wolterstorff is the the Noah Porter Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Yale University and currently a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia.


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Conference Schedule

Thursday, September 8

7:00pm Keynote Address
Nicholas Wolterstorff
Yale University, emeritus
“The Wounds of God”
Georgetown University

Friday, September 9
Berkley Center

9:15am-10:45am Muslim Perspectives

Aziz Abu Sarah, Rana Husseini, Hedieh Mirahmadi

11:00am-12:30pm Jewish Perspectives

Arik Ascherman and Leah Shakdiel

12:45-2:00 Lunch

2:30pm-4:00pm Christian Perspectives

Ziya Meral, Hanna Siniora, Nicholas Wolterstorff

Saturday, September 10

Interfaith Dinner & Discussion 8:15 PM at Truro Church
Undercroft Meeting Room 10520 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22030