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A Common Word Conference
Apr 12 2011 9am-3pm
Leavey Center GU Hotel & Conference Center, Salons CH
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The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding

invites you to
a conference:

'A Common Word: Responding to the Challenges of Religious Pluralism & Conflict Resolution'

April 12th, 2011 | Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center | Salons CH

As the official representative of A Common Word in North America, the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University will host a follow-up meeting to its successful conference A Common Word: A Global Agenda for Change, held in October of 2009. This year’s conference will explore concrete initiatives undertaken by practitioners from Muslim and Christian faith communities, in hopes of going beyond theological discussions and highlighting the “so-what” factor of this important initiative. Participants will present significant projects taking place on both a local and international scale, demonstrating the breadth and success of outcomes that can emerge as a result of multi-faith cooperation and the key principles outlined in A Common Word.


9:00-9:15am Welcome – John L. Esposito, Georgetown University

9:15-10:45am Panel 1: Madrassa Curriculum Reforms in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the Roles of Christian and Muslim NGOs

Chair: Don Wagner, Bridges of Faith

Qamar-ul Huda, United States Institute of Peace
Bob Roberts, Northwood Church
Alp Aslandogan, Institute of Interfaith Dialog

Louay Safi, Georgetown University

10:45-11:00am Coffee Break

11am-12:30pm Panel 2: Religion & Conflict Resolution in Nigeria

Chair: Jonathan Brown, Georgetown University

Qamar-ul Huda, United States Institute of Peace
John Gana, Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations
John Paden, George Mason University
Shobana Shankar, Georgetown University

John O. Voll, Georgetown University

12:30-1:30pm Lunch Break

1:30-3:00pm Panel 3: How Emerging Muslim American Leaders Understand and are Advancing A Common Word

Chair: Shireen Hunter, Georgetown University

Shamil Idriss, Soliya
Leena El-Ali, Search for Common Ground
Henry Izumizaki, One Nation Foundation

John Borelli, Georgetown University


Free and open to the public.

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The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding

Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign ServiceICC 301, Georgetown UniversityWashington D.C. 20057Phone: (202)

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