Dialogika

Islamic Center in Lower NYC?

Islamic Center in Lower Manhattan?


Cordoba House
is a proposed Islamic community center to be located in New York City at 45 Park Place in lower Manhattan, about four blocks away from where the twin towers of the World Trade Center once stood. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf heads the Cordoba Initiative, an American non-profit group dedicated to "improving Muslim-Western relations," which is sponsoring the project. 

The initiative has sparked controversy between those who argue that survivors and the families of victims of the 9/11 attacks would be further wounded by a Muslim edifice so near the site of the disaster and others who seek to uphold the principes of religious freedom and non-governmental interference in religious practice. The New York Jewish Week on August 3, 2010 provided a good summary of the debate.

This Dialogika page offers selected essays, especially from writers involved in interreligious relations.

Title Date Author
Islamophobia and the Muslim center at Ground Zero July, 2010 Written by John L. Esposito
House of prayer near Ground Zero? Yes! July, 2010 Written by Padraic O'Hare
Statement on Islamic Community Center Near Ground Zero July, 2010 Written by Anti-Defamation League
The Mosque at Ground Zero August, 2010 Written by Abraham H. Foxman, ADL
Build the Cordonba Center? August, 2010 Written by David Harrris, AJC
Defending Religious Tolerance: Remarks on the Mosque Near Ground Zero August, 2010 Written by Michael R. Bloomberg
Statement on the LPC Vote Not to Declare 45 Park Place a NYC Landmark August, 2010 Written by Feisal Abdul Rauf
Jewish group won't fight ground zero mosque, leader says August, 2010 Written by CNN Belief blog
Editorial: The Mosque and Us August, 2010 Written by Jewish Daily Forward
Reform Jewish Movement Welcomes Approval of Cordoba House Mosque and Community Center August, 2010 Written by Eric Yoffie and David Saperstein
Don't Demonize Islamic Center August, 2010 Written by Fareed Zakaria
Islamic studies professors on the mosque: It's complicated August, 2010 Written by Mark Hay
Silence is not an Option: Jews Ought to Support Construction of Muslim Community Center September, 2010 Written by Eric Yoffie
John Paul II, Lower Manhattan and the Power of Religious Symbolism September, 2010 Written by Philip A. Cunningham