Countering Religious Extremism: The Healing Power of Spiritual Friendships

Countering Religious Extremism: The Healing Power of Spiritual Friendships

by David Carlson



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565486140
Publisher: New City Press NY
Publication date: 03/23/2017
Pages: 147
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

David Carlson is Professor, Philosophy and Religion at Franklin College, Franklin IN where he has been teaching for 36 years. In 2011, Carlson published Peace Be with You: Monastic Wisdom for a Terror-Filled World. David recent co-founded Shoulder to Shoulder in Interfaith Witness, a central Indiana-based group that brings people of all faiths together. One of their first actions was: "We Stand With American Muslims," a yard-sign campaign showing support for the Muslim community.

Table of Contents

Dedication vii

Prologue and Introduction

Prologue: The Challenge Facing Us 3

Those Mohammedans 9

I Might As Well Have Been Blind 9

A Sheltered College Experience 10

Traveling with Blinders On 11

Can You Coach Soccer? 13

A Green Professor with Little to Profess 14

Running Toward the Fire 16

A Friendship Long Delayed 23

My First Lesson In Islam 27

Ihram and the Season of Lent 28

Part I Marwan Wafa

America Is My Home 33

Our First Meeting 35

The Boston Marathon Bombers and the Power of Faith 37

Taste the Fruit 41

The Pursuit Of God-Consciousness 43

The Frequency and Consequences of Unbelief 44

The Nearness of Forgiveness 44

The Wisdom of Submission 45

Taqwa, God-consciousness 46

What God Has Joined Together, Let No One Put Asunder 48

Lord, Teach Us to Pray 53

Rolling the Credits 55

Part II The Shapiro Gang

A Dream Unexpectedly Fulfilled 59

Common Men, Uncommon Group 60

Rethinking Sports 62

Honoring Women 63

Where's the Barking Dog? 64

Muslims and Christians on an Adventure With God 67

The Most Difficult "Simple" Challenge in the World 69

Hope Trumps Zeal 71

Recovering the Penance in Penitentiary 71

John Welch 72

Mikal Saahir 76

Joe Masters 80

David Shaheed 80

Part III Omaha

The Future is Upon Us 85

A Winning Recipe 91

From Ground Zero to Omaha 91

Vision and Reality in Omaha 93

The Right Time, the Right Place 94

The Right People, the Right Initial Decisions 96

The Right Ingredients 97

Rabbi Azriel 98

Dr. Syed Mohuiddin 102

Nuzhat Mahmood 104

D.C. "Woody" Bradford 106

The Dance of Hope and Fear 109

The Threat from Outside: Going Undercover in Omaha 109

Facing Organized Fearmongers 112

The Ongoing Wound of 9/11 114

The Threat from Within: The Persistence of Doubt 115

How the Tri-Faith Initiative Overcame International Tension 117

Like a Bridge Over Troubled Waters 119

Omaha, Omaha 121


Perhaps a Miracle 123

Appendix: Will the Trinity Ever Make Sense to Muslims? 129

Acknowledgements 135

Endnotes 137

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