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.


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1 John Paul II, Lower Manhattan and the Power of Religious Symbolism September 16, 2010 Philip A. Cunningham
2 Silence is not an Option: Jews Ought to Support Construction of Muslim Community Center September 14, 2010 Eric Yoffie
3 Islamic studies professors on the mosque: It's complicated August 09, 2010 Mark Hay
4 Don't Demonize Islamic Center August 07, 2010 Fareed Zakaria
5 Reform Jewish Movement Welcomes Approval of Cordoba House Mosque and Community Center August 06, 2010 Eric Yoffie and David Saperstein
6 Editorial: The Mosque and Us August 04, 2010 Jewish Daily Forward
7 Jewish group won't fight ground zero mosque, leader says August 04, 2010 CNN Belief blog
8 Defending Religious Tolerance: Remarks on the Mosque Near Ground Zero August 03, 2010 Michael R. Bloomberg
9 Statement on the LPC Vote Not to Declare 45 Park Place a NYC Landmark August 03, 2010 Feisal Abdul Rauf
10 The Mosque at Ground Zero August 02, 2010 Abraham H. Foxman, ADL
11 Build the Cordonba Center? August 02, 2010 David Harrris, AJC
12 Statement on Islamic Community Center Near Ground Zero July 28, 2010 Anti-Defamation League
13 House of prayer near Ground Zero? Yes! July 21, 2010 Padraic O'Hare
14 Islamophobia and the Muslim center at Ground Zero July 19, 2010 John L. Esposito