Seminars and workshops on “Faith and Reason in the Abrahamic Religions Distinguished religious scholars have joined CSIME for series of seminars and workshops on “Faith and Reason in the Abrahamic Religions” during Spring of 2011. The Center is hosting the groups, with the support of the Interdisciplinary Program in Law & Religion of The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law and The Protection Project of The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). The workshop explores the ways in which the concepts of “faith” and “reason” are defined, understood, and interpreted in the three Abrahamic faiths. The goal of the seminar is to create and sustain ongoing collaborative relationships among the participants. CSIME has arranged for the participants to visit the Library of the Congress, universities, religious and cultural centers, and other places of interest in the Washington, D.C. area, and to learn more about the ways in which Americans find inspiration and mutual support through inter-religious and cross-cultural cooperative ventures. The trip includes four days in Chicago, where participants have met members and leaders of the largest Muslim community in the United States and learn from them, and from Christian and Jewish leaders in Southeastern Chicago, how interfaith cooperation works in America’s heartland. Our guests have also spent three days in New York City, where they have seen the City, visited the United Nations, and explored many ways in which Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religious leaders foster peace and the promotion of human rights, both locally and through their work in international organizations.
On Monday, April 25th, 2011, Ayatollah Ahmad Iravani gave the sixth Graymoor lecture series at the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute in New York on the title “the Use of Reason in Shi’ite Islam,” at the Interchurch Center. On Sunday, April 24th, 2011, he also gave a speech on the same topic at the Masjid-e-Ali in New Jersey followed by a question and answer session on “Issues of Importance to Muslims in North America.”
Dr. Iravani attended the Cross Cultural Diversity panel discussion at the National Defense University for a second time on April 26, 2011 along with Bishop John Bryson Chane and Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig.
U.S.- Islamic World Forum, Washington DC Dr. Ahmad Iravani met with many dignitaries and was a member of the working session “The Role of Muslim-Majority and Muslim-Minority Communities in a Global Context.” For the past two years he attended the conferences held in Qatar; however, the conference was held in the United States in 2011.
In his next trip to Cyprus, Ayatollah Iravani met with Dr. Gregory Reichberg, the director of the PRIO Cyprus Center to further the center’s outreach to the Middle East and Abrahamic religions and exchange of scholars, information, and ideas. PRIO – Peace and Research Institute
Ayatollah Iravani is one of the members of the steering committee for the Christian Muslim Summit along with the Right Reverend John Bryson Chane (Episcopal Bishop of Washington) and the Reverend Canon John L. Peterson (Director, Center for Global Justice and Reconciliation, Washington National Cathedral). Upon the invitation of the Sunni Mufti of Tripoli and the North Lebanon, Dr. Sheikh Malek Chaar, Dr. Iravani traveled to Lebanon to discuss the progression of the second Christian Muslim Dialogue Summit, which will be held in Lebanon. He met with the president of the Notre Dame University in Lebanon, Dr. Walid Moussa, and in his meeting with Dr. Edward Alam, Professor of Philosophy and Theology in the Faculty of Humanities, they agreed upon cooperation between CSIME and Professor Alam’s center at the Notre Dame University.