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Notable Happenings The de Young Museum of San Francisco Hosts Dr. Nahid Angha and Taneen On February 16, 2013, the de Young Museum of San Francisco hosted “Soul’s Melodies: an unfolding of poetry, music and meditation,” featuring Dr. Nahid Angha and Taneen Sufi Musical Ensemble. The event was held in the Kimball Education Gallery as a featured part of an art installation called Social Dream Lab. Songs of the Soul: Poetry and Sacred Music Festival In March 2013, the International Association of Sufism hosted the second annual Song of the Soul Poetry and Sacred Music Festival in San Rafael, California. Participants, including Sufis from many orders and seekers from diverse faith traditions and countries, came together over three days to be inspired and to continue to work toward mutual understanding and global peace through poetry, music and presentations. For more, visit: www.ias.org/festival2013/ Building Bridges of Understanding Explores Ethics and Tolerance Both events in the 2012-2013 program were held at Dominican University. The first, held on September 22, 2012, focused on the theme of Enlightenment and Ethical Conduct, and featured speakers Prabha Duneja, Reverend Heng Sure, and Khodadad Pashutanizadeh, representing the faith perspectives of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Zoroastrianism respectively. On January 12, 2013, the second event was held on the theme of Tolerance. Speakers at this event represented the traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and included Rabbi Jane Rachel Litman, Reverend Charles Gibbs, and Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali Kianfar. Highlights from both events available at: www.ias.org/buildingbridges/ Visionary Marin: Dr. Angha Honored by Marin Interfaith Council On November 8th, 2012, over 200 guests gathered to honor the spiritual and social contributions of Dr. Nahid Angha. The event brought together many friends and collaborators in the interfaith community who have been influenced by Dr. Angha’s life and work, and to celebrate Dr. Angha’s dedication to humanity and her many accomplishments as an advocate for human rights. For photos and other information: www.marinifc.org/events/visionary-marin-honoring-dr-nahid-angha/ Commonwealth Club Appearance On October 25, 2012, Dr. Nahid Angha gave an address at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. Dr. Angha spoke to a capacity crowd on the subject of “Sufism: The Mysticism of Islam.” Michael Pappas, Executive Director of the San Francisco Interfaith Council served as moderator. Full audio of this event is available at: www.ias.org/sfcommonwealthclub/ Unity of Marin Features Dr. Ali Kianfar On August 19, 2012, Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali Kianfar presented a pair of talks on “The Birth of Islam” at Unity Church in Marin as a part of Unity’s Beyond World Religions: A Vision of Unity Consciousness series. Audio for this event is available at: www.ias.org/eid-ul-fitr-2012/ Contemplatives in Conversation: Sufi and Christian Perspectives On February 8, 2012, the Parliament of the World Religions hosted a program with Dr. Nahid Angha joined by Daniel Wolpert, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Crookston, Minnesota. For information, see: www.parliamentofreligions.org/news/index.php/tag/contemplation/ First Muslim Non-Muslim Dialogues: held @ Dominican University During the 2012-2013 academic year, the International Association of Sufism and Dominican University hosted a new series: Muslim Non-Muslim Dialogue. The first event focused on the theme of “Narrative,” and featured Dr. Nicola Pitchford, Dean of the School of Humanities at Dominican in conversation with Aaron Hinde, an Iraq war veteran and peace activist. The second event of the series was titled “Iran Ten Years Later: A Brutal Past and Uncertain Future.” Guest speakers included, David Harris, Haider Hamza and sitarist Arjun Verma. The final program was titled “A Glance at the Past,” and featured Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, co-founder of Zaytuna Institute. Sufism: An Inquiry Vol XVI, No. 2 80

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