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Professors Join National Religious Forum

At a forum on religion held at the U.S. Capitol, Associate Professor of Religious Studies Etin Anwar and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Shalahudin Kafrawi joined with scholars and experts from across the country for a dialogue about peace and unity among people of all faiths.

Hosted by the Center for Multifaith Partnerships, a project of the Global Peace Foundation, the forum invited those representing various religions to discuss their insights on how religion can be used as a conduit for building equity and respect for others and their faiths. The forum, “Engaging Diverse Voices of Faith for the Common Good,” was held March 20 during the U.S. House Armed Services subcommittee hearing.

During the special forum on religion, Anwar discussed Islam and the promotion of equality, particularly for women. Kafrawi emphasized Islam as a religion of peace, one that upholds values of unity and respect. To read a full story on the forum that featured Anwar and Kafrawi, visit the Global Peace Foundation website at:

A member of the HWS faculty since 2006, Anwar earned a bachelor’s degree in comparative religion from the State Institute for Islamic Studies in Bandung, Indonesia, and a master’s degree in Islamic studies from McGill University. Anwar went on to earn her Ph.D. in philosophy, interpretation and culture from SUNY Binghamton, where she also received a certificate in feminist theory. She is secretary for the United States and Canada arm of the Indonesia-based Nahdlatul Ulama, the largest Muslim organization in the world with about 70 million members.

Kafrawi, who joined the HWS faculty in 2008, specializes in Qur’anic studies and Islamic philosophy. He holds a Ph.D. from SUNY Binghamton, a master’s degree from McGill University, and a B.A., Sunan Gunung Djati State Institute for Islamic Studies, Bandung, Indonesia. Kafrawi is the chair of Nahdlatul Ulama in North America.

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