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Women and men express their viewpoints and share their perspectives in a weekly column. These columns form the groundwork for a discourse across cultural and religious boundaries.

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[15 Dec 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
Uncovering Islam’s Hidden Beauties

By Siti Satyawati
“During the past ten years, I have learned as an individual the value of remaining patient in the face of calamity, while maintaining a steadfast commitment to promoting the message of multiculturalism.”
Editor’s note: Siti Satyawati is an Indonesian Muslim woman from Australia.  She is a mother of five and a student who works and volunteers at the Muslim Women’s Support Centre based in Perth, Western Australia.
As an Indonesian Muslim woman living in Australia, religion has played an important role in my life experience. Although I was born …

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[7 Dec 2011 | One Comment | ]
Religion Is Not the Problem: An Interview with Sahar Taman

“Dialogue alone is not sufficient. Building partnerships and addressing common interests is what is needed.”
Connection Point Manager Yasmina Mrabet interviewed Sahar Taman, Co-Founder of Journeys to Understanding and the 2011 Connection Point Award winner, about her work in interfaith dialogue in Egypt. Her responses are below.

Tell me more about your work in interfaith dialogue. Why is it important?
Religion is important. For too long we have understood that separation of church and state and freedom of religion means keeping religion personal and private. It isn’t. It is public and in-your-face. Religious …

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[22 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]
Art in the Arab Sector

Susan C. Dessel
“Women in traditional clothing and head coverings mingle and work in the gallery with women wearing short sleeves and jeans. It is a non-judgmental environment in a society that is not always so open.”
As a longtime supporter of social justice initiatives, and as a feminist who is attuned to domestic and international realities through involvement with NGOs, I understand that no intellectual exercise, no matter the emotional component, is as powerful as the experience of living in a community. I was reminded of this during my time …

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[16 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]
Taking Back My Voice

Connection Point Manager Yasmina Mrabet interviews Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah, Palestinian art photographer, curator, and art for social change enthusiast.
What sparked your interest in art for social change?
As an undergraduate at George Mason University I took a course on Art as Social Action, and was able to shape my degree around this idea. My courses involved reflecting on how artists speak about topics including race, class, gender and environment. One of the projects that influenced me was related to the role of photography in media and propaganda, and how it can be a …