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Encounter Islam

 
Read Bill Sachs' guest commentary on interfaith education on the Richmond Times-Dispatch Web site.
 
Listen to John Ogle's story on WCVE radio about Encounter Islam.
 
Watch a short video of the program below.
 
 
What past participants say about Encounter Islam:
 
“I had a limited and very stereotypical understanding of Islam and Muslims. Encounter Islam was a thoughtful, balanced and interesting introduction to an increasingly relevant and timely topic. In short, Encounter Islam was superb!” –  Russell V. Palmore, Jr., Troutman Sanders
 
“This program reminded me that through greater understanding we can combat ignorance and promote a true sense of community. Through Encounter Islam, I feel more equipped to play my part in this effort.”  –  Makini Nyanteh, MeadWestvaco Coropration
 
Faculty
 
Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Ph.D., was born in 1948 at sea to Palestinian refugee parents and raised in Pennsylvania. He graduated cum laude from Harvard in 1970 and in 1975 obtained a Ph.D in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of Arizona. He is senior lecturer at the University of Maryland and has taught at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins universities. Dr. Ahmad has lectured on Islam at the Foreign Services Institute and for the Joint Special Operations University’s Middle East Orientation Course. He is President of the Minaret of Freedom Institute, an Islamic think-tank in the Washington, DC area. A popular speaker and writer, he is the author of numerous books and articles. He is also an Islamic chaplain at several hospitals, Imam of the Dar-adh-Dhikr Mosque, President of the Islamic-American Zakat Foundation, and arbitrator for the Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations in the Washington area.
 
The Rev. William L. Sachs, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Center for Interfaith Reconciliation in Richmond, Virginia. In that work he develops educational programs on understanding and engaging constructively with Muslims and members of other faiths.  Sachs holds degrees from Baylor, Vanderbilt, and Yale, and the Ph.D (History of Christianity) from the University of Chicago. He is the author of four books and more than 200 articles, chapters, reports, and reviews. As an Episcopal priest he has served five parishes in Virginia, Connecticut, and Chicago. A consultant with foundations and non-profit organizations, he is frequently interviewed by major media outlets including the New York Times.