Among college campuses, Princeton is not known for its volatility. Protests are few and far between, and students are more inclined to organize thoughtful debates than they are to lock arms in front of Nassau Hall. Last year, however, when Nonie Darwish, a controversial critic of Islam, was invited to speak by a student group, the tension on campus was palpable.
The group, Tigers for Israel, later canceled the appearance, after Muslim students raised concerns with Imam Sohaib Sultan, a Princeton chaplain. (Darwish spoke on campus at a later date.) Sultan then spoke with Rabbi Julie Roth, the executive director of the Center for Jewish Life and a friend.
“We’re able to talk to each other honestly and openly about our concerns,” Sultan said. “That’s especially useful when there’s a time of potential conflict or tension between our communities.”
The two are teaching a semester-long noncredit course on war, reconciliation, and peace, aimed at bringing Jews and Muslims together to learn about both traditions — and each other.
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