Bahai Leader Recognized for Interfaith Work

February 20, 2004

Source: The Bahai World News Service

On February 20, 2004 The Bahai World News Service reported, "Professor Suheil Bushrui, who holds the Baha'i chair for World Peace at the University of Maryland, is to receive an award previously bestowed on such luminaries as Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama. On March 1 2004, Professor Bushrui will be honored with the Juliet Hollister Award from the New York-based Temple of Understanding, a global interfaith organization. The award is in recognition of Prof. Bushrui's 'exceptional service to interfaith understanding.' As well as the former South African president, Mr. Mandela, and the Dalai Lama, recipients have included Queen Noor of Jordan, and the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson. Also receiving the award this year are Coleman Barks, and Cokie and Steven V. Roberts. 'What we are looking for are people who carry the interfaith message to a large audience, and Prof. Bushrui has certainly done that,' said Alison Van Dyk, executive director of the Temple." Prof. Bushrui has a long record of promoting intercultural and interreligious understanding.