NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC presents an event marking the release of the new National Geographic book, The World of Islam, a collection of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC stories and photographs on Islam, published from 1910 though 2001. The book was edited by NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC senior editor Don Belt.
The program will begin with a photographic retrospective narrated By Belt, followed with presentations by NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC senior editor Michael Edwards and former NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC writer Tom Abercrombie, who will read and discuss excerpts from their own articles. Other excerpts will be read by National Public Radio's cultural issues reporter Susan Stamberg and Neal Conan, host of NPR's Talk of the Nation.
The evening will conclude with a panel discussion moderated by Belt. Participants will include Edwards, who has traveled widely in Central Asia; Abercrombie, a convert to Islam who made the pilgrimage to Mecca and wrote about the experience for the Geographic's readers; [CAIR Board Member] Sulayman S. Nyang, professor of African Studies at Howard University and author of Islam in the United States of America; Richard W. Murphy, a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State and currently director of Middle East Studies for the Council on Foreign Relations; and Yvonne Haddad, professor of the History of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Georgetown University and co-editor of the book Christian-Muslim Encounters. Haddad writes extensively on Islam's interaction with Christianity and the west and also on the role of women in Islam.
WHEN: Monday, January 14 at 7 p.m.
WHERE: The Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M Street, N.W.
COST: $8 for Society members, $10 for nonmembers
CONTACT: 202-857-7700, Lori Dynan, 202-857-7692; Rock Wheeler, 202-775-7885 (Press only)
One of the most important lessons from the events of Sept. 11 is that our freedom is precious and fragile. That freedom is clearly based on our willingness to be subject to a rule of law and to have a deep respect for
the opinions and diversity of others. America is a haven and a melting pot that continues to embrace people from all over the world.
The board of directors of the Rotary Club of Columbus writes to add its voice to those who are deeply concerned by the vandalism of the Masjidka Islamic Center on Broad Street. While the motives of the perpetrators are still unknown, some of the consequences are very clear. Damaging and desecrating any house of worship is itself a contemptible act. And vandals have done more. They have created a threatening environment for some members of our community.
We are all guaranteed by the laws and the core values of this country the right to practice religion in peace and security. For a healthy community, we must ensure that this intimidating action does not lead to a sense of isolation for those who were victimized…
An article in the Dec. 27, 2001 edition of the Citizen erroneously reported that the Ottawa-based charity, Human Concern International, had its assets frozen by the Canadian government two months earlier as part of an effort to cut off suspected sources of terrorist financing around the world.
The Citizen further erroneously reported that Human Concern International had been shut down as part of the FBI's effort to starve terrorists of funds ostensibly raised for charitable purposes. These statements are
incorrect. Human Concern International has never had its assets frozen or otherwise been closed by Canadian or U.S. authorities.
The Citizen regrets the false impression that Human Concern International was or is guilty of participating in terrorism or fundraising for terrorist activities, and apologizes to Human Concern International, its board of
directors, volunteers and donors for any embarrassment or harm its errors have caused.