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Author Talk with Sabeeha Rehman & Walter Ruby: ‘We Refuse to Be Enemies’ (Arlington Public Library) – VIRTUAL

September 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Arlington Public Library in a discussion of mutual understanding and lessons for getting there.

Sabeeha Rehman & Walter Ruby, authors of “We Refuse to Be Enemies: How Muslims and Jews Can Make Peace, One Friendship at a Time “, will join us for a Zoom discussion of their book.

This event will be held via Zoom. Instructions to join the Zoom meeting will be emailed to all registrants.

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Book Description:

“We Refuse to Be Enemies” is a manifesto by two American citizens, a Muslim woman and Jewish man, concerned with the rise of intolerance and bigotry in our country along with resurgent white nationalism. Together, Rehman and Ruby have spent decades doing interfaith work and nurturing cooperation among communities. They have learned that, through face-to-face encounters, people of all backgrounds can come to know the Other as a fellow human being and turn her or him into a trusted friend. In this book, they share their experience and guidance.

Growing up in Pakistan before she immigrated to the United States, Sabeeha never met a Jew, and her view was colored by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In his youth, Walter never met a Muslim, and his opinion was shaped by Leon Uris’s Exodus. Yet together they have formed a friendship and collaboration. Tapping their own life stories and entering into dialogue within the book, they explain how they have found commonalities between their respective faiths and discuss shared principles and lessons, how their perceptions of the Other have evolved, and the pushback they faced. They wrestle with the two elephants in the room: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and polarizing material in their holy texts and history. And they share their vision for reconciliation, offering concrete principles for building an alliance in support of religious freedom and human rights.

You don’t have to read the book to join, but it is encouraged.

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Date:
September 28
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Arlington Public Library
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