The latest issue of Faith Complex, featuring in the Chronicle of Higher Education, featuring an interview with Dr. Tawfik Hamid, an Egyptian-born Muslim who in his youth joined the ranks of the radical Islamist group Jamaa Islamiya (JI). While floating in those circles in the late 1970s he made the acquaintance of one Ayman al-Zawahiri, currently the leader of Al Qaeda.
SFS Professor Bruce Hoffman and Dr. Sarah Fainberg discussed the implications of the assassination of Osama Bin Laden on both the Islamic world and the United States. Watch this episode of Faith Complex below or at the Chronicle of Higher Education.
I invite you to watch this video, which features a beautiful, live vocal performance (trust me on this) by the folk singer ellen cherry. Prior to singing for us, Ms. cherry discussed the influence of her Catholic upbringing on her art. One is always delighted to meet young musicians as articulate as they are talented.
Ms. cherry was interviewed by one of my students, Ms. Alexa West. Here at the Program for Jewish Civilization at Georgetown University, we are singularly focused on developing our students’ talents. Truth be told, not much development was needed for the gifted Ms. West, whose camera readiness we all discovered when she was producing some interviews for our work with The Washington Post.
In 2009, Rabba Sara Hurwitz became the first woman to be officially ordained as a rabba within Orthodox Judaism. Rabba Hurwitz discusses her experiences with host Sarah Fainberg in the most recent episode of Faith Complex.