Jewish-Muslim Dialogue in New York

March 14, 2003

Source: The New York Times

On March 14, 2003 The New York Times reported that "[Jews met Muslims] in Morningside Heights [NY] two nights ago... there was no avoiding the religious fault lines that were exposed... The setting was the Jewish Theological Seminary, where Seyyed Hossein Nasr, a leading Islamic scholar, spoke for an hour about his religion's past, present and future. Given the time constraints, you could think of his lecture as 'Islam: the CliffsNotes Version.' About 400 people attended, nearly all Jews and quite a few of them observant, judging from the many yarmulkes... the invitation to Professor Nasr, who teaches Islamic studies at George Washington University in Washington, was far from routine. 'This evening,' Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, the seminary's chancellor, told the audience, 'we make a small contribution to the perpetuation of reason in an irrational world.'"