(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/8/08) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group announced today that it will partner with the “20,000 Dialogues” campaign to help bring Americans of different faiths together in communities nationwide.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and 20,000 Dialogues, a project of the Unity Productions Foundation (UPF), will use films about Muslims to “stimulate discussion and promote understanding.” Each local dialogue could be compared to a book club that uses video instead of a written text. Films shown to dialogue participants will include “Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet,” “Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain” and “Prince Among Slaves”
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“Because the mission of both 20,000 Dialogues and CAIR is to promote interfaith and cross-cultural dialogue, this partnership is a natural fit,” said CAIR National Director Tahra Goraya.
Goraya added that several CAIR chapters have already promoted local dialogues and other chapters around the nation will host their own events.
“This initiative was envisioned as a way to empower everyday people to take part in increasing understanding of Muslims and Islam through interfaith dialogue,” said UPF Outreach Coordinator Daniel Tutt. “We are excited to be partnering with CAIR because of its mission and members.”
He said UPF launched 20,000 Dialogues in August 2007 with the national PBS broadcast of “Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain” and now has 15 partnering organizations. Hundreds of dialogues have been conducted across the nation.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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