Change of Mind: Sole Palestinian Participant in MLI Program Withdraws His Support

Kamal Abu-Shamsieh

  The Muslim Leadership Initiative, sponsored by the Shalom Hartman Institute, has been a topic of great controversy in the American Muslim community and beyond. Altmuslim published a few perspectives in late January/early February, for and against the program. The third cohort is readying to leave for Jerusalem this summer. With the recent withdrawl of support [Read More...]

Why Muslims Must Continue to Stand Up to Anti-Semitism

The Farthest Mosque (al-Masjid al-Aqsa § Bayt al-Muqaddas) in Jerusalem; Photo courtesy of Foter, Author usaid.d800 / photo on flickr

By Maha Elgenaidi On April 7, congregants of Shaare Torah in Gaithersburg, Maryland, found their synagogue defaced with swastikas and profanity. The incident devastated congregants like Michael Weisel, who said, “When my wife called me and told me what happened, I was speechless. I started to cry.” Given the long history of anti-Semitism, this attack [Read More...]

Can Zionists and Muslims Talk? The Reasons for MLI

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  The Muslim Leadership Initiative, sponsored by the Shalom Hartman Institute, has been a topic of great controversy in the American Muslim community and beyond. Altmuslim is publishing a few perspectives, and we welcome your comments below. By Donniel Hartman The Shalom Hartman Institute started the Muslim Leadership Initiative at the request of Imam Abdullah [Read More...]

MLI, Faithwashing and Why the Palestinian Narrative Can Never be Ignored

Gaza's Red Crescent building damaged in Operation Cast Lead. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia commons

The Muslim Leadership Initiative, sponsored by the Shalom Hartman Institute, has been a topic of great controversy in the American Muslim community and beyond. Altmuslim is publishing a few perspectives, and we welcome your comments below. By Deanna Othman I’ve always been a person who has prided myself on my voice as a Muslim American. [Read More...]

Forging New Muslim-Jewish Engagement: Reflections on MLI

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The Muslim Leadership Initiative, sponsored by the Shalom Hartman Institute, has been a topic of great controversy in the American Muslim community and beyond. Altmuslim is publishing a few perspectives this week, and we welcome your comments below. By Maggie Siddiqi Last year, I was feeling pretty tired of the Jewish-Muslim dialogue scene in North [Read More...]

What Should be a Muslim’s Response to Ongoing Tragedies? Not Despair

A father and son shell-shocked in Gaza

By Hesham Hassaballa It has been a rough summer. While everyone around the world was trying – as best as possible during the long and hot Ramadan — to fast and re-connect with God, ​​the horrific images from Gaza kept coming incessantly. Next door in Iraq, the “Islamic State” continued its reign of terror and bloodshed, [Read More...]


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