Dr. Reuven Firestone to Address Interfaith Conference in Qatar

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Dr. Reuven Firestone,Professor of Medieval Jewish and Islamic Studies, HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, senior fellow of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California, and co-director of the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement, a joint project of HUC-JIR, USC, and the Omar Ibn Al-Khattab Foundation (www.usc.edu/cmje), will present a talk in Doha, Qatar on October 21st at the Seventh Doha Conference on Interfaith Dialogue.  His talk, entitled "Solidarity and Economic Interdependence: A Religious Response to the Financial Crisis," will be presented to a forum of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish scholars and religious leaders from around the world. 


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