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Islamic Perspectives on Pluralistic Society


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The Mid-Atlantic Catholic-Muslim Dialogue continued their annual meeting this week with the theme “Islamic Perspectives on Pluralistic Society”.

This year it was hosted by ICNA’s 877-Why-Islam Center in Somerset, New Jersey. Co-sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and ICNA, the annual dialogue was first convened in 1998.

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Muslim participants include representatives from ICNA and local Islamic communities while Catholic participants usually include a local bishop and representatives from the local Catholic diocese.

Community dinner during the two day interfaith dialogue between Muslims and Catholics hosted by ICNA NJ.

Community dinner during the two day interfaith dialogue between Muslims and Catholics hosted by ICNA NJ.

This year’s participants included Father Sidney Griffith, chairman of the Institute of Christian Oriental Research, The Catholic University of America; Dr. Sandra Keating, Providence College; Father Tom Ryan, Director, Paulist Fathers Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations and Rev. Brian E. McWeeney, Archdiocese of New York.

From the Muslim side the delegation included Dr. Zahid Bukhari, Executive Director, ICNA Council for Social Justice; Tariqur Rahman, Secretary General of ICNA, Shaykh Abdool Rahman Khan, Chairman of ICNA Shari’ah Council and Director of ICNA Tarbiyah Department; Dr. Khurshid Khan, Director for Publications, ICNA; and Imam Muhammad Abdul Jabban, Masjid Darul Qur’an, Bayshore, New York.