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Islam and the rest: A forum in search of understanding and reconciliation

UToday HomeApril 9, 2013

What is shaping our attitudes toward people of other religions – and especially Muslims? 

Panelists and respondents at a campus forum on April 11, Islam and the Rest: A Forum in Search of Understanding and Reconciliations, will address false stereotypes and prejudices facing the Muslim world by focusing on the roots of Islamophobia. 

Hosted by a partnership of the Faith and Spirituality Centre, Abraham’s Tent , and Residence Services, the forum will take place Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m. in the Alberta Room, Dining Centre.

The panel of four Islamic speakers includes:

  • David Liepert – a Western convert to Islam and the author of Muslim, Christian and Jew: Finding a Path to Peace Our Faiths Can Share.
  • Nora Alani Idris – was classically trained within an Islamic educational system. She is a feminist, an advocate of equality and human rights for women, and an articulate voice for separating the pure teachings of Islam (or any religion) from the deviant behaviors of some of its adherents.
  • Imam Davut Hanci – Imam of Calgary’s Turkish community as well as for the Alberta Correctional System and the International Dialogue Institute in Calgary. His passion is promoting respect and mutual understanding among all cultures and faiths and reducing false stereotypes, prejudices and unjustified fears.
  • Adam Idris – Advocate of spiritual Islam (versus political Islam) and of building heart-to-heart relationships across religious and cultural lines.

The panel of responders includes:

  • Rabbi Howard Vos-Altman (Jewish perspective) — a longstanding interfaith leader in Calgary and advocate for openness within the Jewish community.
  • Warren Harbeck (Christian perspective) — a linguist, Bible translator, longtime friend of the Stoney nation, and the Roman Catholic community’s designate on interfaith work in the Calgary area.
  • Hugh Pepper (Humanist perspective) — an educator, environmentalist and life-long advocate of positive change.

Audience questions and responses will follow the panel discussions. The event will be hosted and moderated by Michael Bopp, a member of the Cochrane area Baha’i community.

For more info: or contact Adriana Tulissi at 403-220-5451 or


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