Ruminating on Memory and the Cycle of Violence 

 

     Post 9/11 Islam has been at the forefront of the global stage as a religion that is in a deep crisis and needs a reformation.  A religion that has been described as hijacked mistranslated and at times an uncivilized religion because of the extreme violence that has ensued from some fractions in almost every Muslim country.  In 2015, I visited Berlin, Germany where I met many Germans who were interested in my role as a Muslim woman teaching Islam and also directing a Holocaust Center.  Their…

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Eric K. Ward is a nationally-recognized expert on the relationship between authoritarian movements, hate violence, and preserving inclusive democracy. In his 30+ year civil rights career, he has worked with community groups, government and business leaders, human rights advocates, and philanthropy as an organizer, director, program officer, consultant, and board member. The recipient of the Peabody-Facebook Futures Media Award, Eric’s widely quoted writings and speeches are credited with key narrative shifts. He currently serves as Executive Director of Western States Center, Senior Fellow with Southern Poverty Law Center and Race Forward, and Co-Chair for The Proteus Fund.

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