Sayed Mahdi Modarresi is a faith leader, lecturer, and theologian who specializes in Islamic spirituality. Featured in global media outlets such as the BBC, The Independent, Huffington Post, New Statesman, the Vatican Press Office, among others. He has led prayers at the United States House of Representatives, delivers lectures around the world. As an expert in interfaith relations, he leads Interpath, a unique outreach program designed to strengthen ties between the Islamic religious establishment, the Holy See, and other major faith traditions. An alumnus of traditional Islamic research institutes and Western universities, Sayed Modarresi provides a unique perspective on Islam in a modern cosmopolitan context. He advises senior religious and political leaders on strategic faith initiatives with a particular focus on combating violent extremism. Modarresi has lectured at various universities, including UNSW, UCL, King’s College, Imperial, Queen Mary, University of Manchester, and London University’s School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS).
Last week, with little fanfare and under heavy security, an historic meeting took place in Rome which marked a turning point in interfaith relations. Inside the 16th century Casina Pio IV villa, home to the Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Sciences, seven clerics representing over five billion people overcame lingering traditions of suspicion to commit to the eradication of modern day slavery by the year 2020.
nstead of identifying the true root of extremist ideology, one that pushes a tiny fringe toward violence, the Western mindset chose to stare the problem in the eye and then look the other way. The real problem only needs a little deduction...
07/10/2014 09:19 BST
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