Who Were We?
Find out about the Building Bridges program,
and who was in the first delegation
Who Did We Meet?
Prominent people and groups in Religion, Government, and Education
What Surprised Us?
Here are some of the themes that surprised us, or were
The Warning Label: a Disclaimer
My intention on this site is to report what I saw and heard in
the three countries that I visited in the Middle East in 2003.
I am not an expert in Islam or in Middle Eastern politics.
I do hold some opinions but, I hope, am not married to them.
I have tried, on this site, to report only what I saw and heard.
When I interject my own opinions, I hope that I have made that clear.
It is, of course, impossible to be entirely objective in any
form of reportage.
I have tried to stay out of the way of my own narrative.
I have refrained from commenting on opinions even when they differ
wildly from my own.
For instance, when faculty members of Al-Azhar University justify the
"martyrs" in Palestine, I have not interjected any editorial
comments even though
I find that view to be repugnant and, according to many Imams, counter
to the Koran.