Saturday, June 4, 2011

Family Law Firm Moves Downtown

I am excited to report that my office has moved to downtown Tampa! This move provides us more space to better serve our clients while placing us within minutes of the Edgecomb Courthouse.

I also welcome Michelle Clark, who will be helping out with administrative matters.

Our new address is as follows:

412 East Madison Street, Suite 824
Tampa, FL 33602

Our e-mail address, telephone number, and facsimile number will remain the same.

Image created using Google Maps

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Tampa City Council Candidate Discusses Link Between Local Pension Funds And Iran

Seth Nelson is a friend, a fellow family law attorney, and a candidate for Tampa City Council's District 3 city-wide seat.  Seth recently wrote an article for Tampa Bay Online which discusses how international fund managers for the Tampa General Employee Pension Fund invest dollars into companies that do business with Iran.  Below is an excerpt:

America and its international allies have imposed sanctions to hamper Iran's ability to attract investment in its energy sector, which persists in enriching uranium and developing nuclear technology. Tampa cannot allow its sizable pension to support companies that undermine America's efforts.
The pension board's consultant asked me whether I believed there would be any impact on Iran by changing Tampa's guidelines. Of course, we should do what's right even if doing so were only symbolic. But in this case doing what's right will indeed have an impact because every dollar matters.
You can learn more about Seth Nelson and his campaign at

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

ABC Family Law Blog

Please visit the newest blog of The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A. It is called ABC Family Law Blog, and is accessible at This blog is dedicated to the latest news and information of Florida family law.

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

ABC International Family Law Views

Please visit my new blog, ABC International Family Law Views. This blog reveals news and views about family law throughout the globe.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A.

I am proud to announce the opening of The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A.

We practice in all areas of Florida family law, including divorce, military divorce, paternity, child support, modification and enforcement of final judgments, support unconnected with divorce, relocation, temporary custody, change of name, and adoption.

Please visit us online at

Adam B. Cordover
3839 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33609

813.443.0615 (telephone)
813.489.4567 (facsimile)

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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Jackie Mason Condemns the Great Schlep

Recently, Jewish comedian Sarah Silverman created a video urging young people to migrate down to Florida and educate their grandparents on Barack Obama. In response, the vintage Jewish comedian Jackie Mason condemned Silverman in a video and counseled that the right thing to do was to vote for McCain. Click "Read More" below to see both videos. (Beware, the Silverman video uses profanity and makes some racy jokes, but is also pretty funny).



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Friday, October 3, 2008

My Time in Turkey

I recently came across an e-mail that I had written to my family when I arrived in Turkey in June of 2005. I have posted the e-mail which describes my first impressions below. Some of those impressions changed during the trip, but the sense of awe remained throughout.

You will notice that the spelling seems off; this is because I was using a Turkish keyboard and at the time I could not find the equivalent of a lowercase "i." Anyway, enjoy!

Hello from Turkey!!!

Well, I fýnally made ýt! My school, Yedýteppe Unýversýty, ýs rýght on the edge of the cýty on the Asýan sýde, about an hour away from the aýrport, so I got to see many thýngs on the way to the school. I notýced that, lýke most býg cýtýes, there are two types of areas. There ýs the rých areas, whých consýst of modern sky scrapers; beautýful and elaborate mosques; expensýve restaurants; and expensýve, European-style fashýon stores wýth advertýsements where the women are essentýally naked. Thýs sýde ýs secular, and they see Islam as a relýgýon rather than a lýfestyle, as most see Judaýsm and Chrýstýanýty ýn Amerýca. You hardly see women wearýng headcoverýngs ýn these areas, or men w/ scraggly beards.

There ýs also the poor sýde, wýth shacks and rundown buýldýngs everywhere. These areas tend to be more Islam orýented, wýth men havýýng unshaven faces and women ýn headcoverýngs {though rarely, even ýn these areas, wýll you see women ýn burkas, the full body coverýng}. In these areas Islam ýs not just somethýng you do on Frýday evenýngs ýn a mosque, but ýt dýctates most of theýr lýfe, as does Judaýsm for the Ultra-Orthodox ýn Amerýca. Though people are more relýgýous ýn these areas, that doesn't mean they are výolent or Islamýc fascýsts or antý-semýtes, just that the rules and tradýtýon of Islam play more of a role ýn theýr lýves.

One of the maýn reasons why the poorer areas may be more relýgýous and the rýcher areas are secular may be that the offýcýal polýcy of the country ýs to be secular. Thýs polýcy ýs mostly espoused ýn publýc buýldýngs (government admýnýstratýve buýldýngs, publýc unýversýtýes, etc.) where ýt ýs ýllegal for women to wear headcoverýngs. It ýs probably mostly the rých and growýng mýddle class that deal wýth the government and get educated ýn the publýc unýversýtýes, and are lýkely to be engraýned w/ the secular values anyway.

Anyway, the Unýversýty ýs on a beautýful campus that ýs only about 4 years old. The archýtectual desýgn on many of these buýldýngs ýs more elaboratel than any campus I've been to ýn the states, wýth rounded buýldýngs, huge skylýghts, and marble floors. The campus ýs very secularýzed, wýth most of the gýrls wearýng tanktops, lowcut jeans, and havýng dyed-blonde haýr. They're basýcally lýke a campus full of Chrýstýna Aguýlleras, just more tan. It aýn't so bad beýng me!

There ýs, however, somewhat of a language barrýer. Not many people speak Englýsh around here, and I don't really speak much Turkýsh yet (though I was proud of myself that I was able to say to someone ýn Turkýsh "Where ýs the Law Facýlýty," and they actually understood me. Unfortunately, I dýdn't understand the reply, and wandered around campus for an hour before I actually found ýt). But I'm pýckýng up random words here and there.

Anyway, your eyes are probably waterýng after readýng thýs letter, so I'll stop here for now. And I appologýze ýf there are a bunch of mýspellýng or ýf you can't read any of the words wýth the letter "ý" ýn ýt, as the keyboard ýs mýxed around a lýttle být and the letter "ý" on the keyboard has no dot above ýt. I have a phone ýn my room, so you can contact me, though I can't call out from that phone (and I don't have my cell phone). The number ýs: 90 [thýs ýs the country code] XXX-XXX-XXXX. I love you all, and I'll comunýcate wýth you soon.



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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Vlog: Is There A Clash Or Dialogue Of Civilizations?

Last semester, I was in a class that was broken into groups, and the groups were assigned scholars of dialogue or clash of civilization. Each member of the group was to pick one of the scholars, and argue his or her case on a panel in front of the whole class. The scholars in my group included:

Mahatma Gandhi, Leader of the peaceful resistance that brought the founding of India
Dr. Ahmed Akbar, Former High Commissioner of Pakistan to Great Britain (and professor of the class)
President Seyed Mohammed Khatami, Former president of Iran
Dr. Samuel Huntington, Author of "The Clash of Civilizations"

As a natural contrarian, I chose Huntington. To view the video, click "Read more..." below.

(Please note, the opinions expressed did not necessarily represent the views of the speakers, but rather were meant to be a characterization of the scholars portrayed)

Thank you to Lori Mosher, Kaitlan Peterson, Erin Louise Palmer, Sarah Caudill, and Professor Akbar Ahmed for allowing me to film the panel (and for being good sports).

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Letter from Muslim Leaders to the Jewish Community

The following is a letter from Muslim leaders to the Jewish Community:

A Call to Peace, Dialogue and Understanding between Muslims and Jews

Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Rahim
In the name of God the Beneficent, the Merciful

Surely those who believe, and those who are Jews, and the Christians, and the Sabians, whoever believes in God and the Last day and does good, they shall have their reward from their Lord, and there is no fear for them, nor shall they grieve (Qur’an 2:62).

Assalam alaykum,

This letter is intended as a gesture of goodwill towards rabbinic leaders and the wider Jewish communities of the world. Our aim is to build upon existing relations in order to improve mutual understanding in places where required to further the positive work in building bridges between Muslims and Jews. In the face of the negative and destructive tensions in the Middle East, this letter is a call to positive and constructive action that aims to improve Muslim—Jewish relations.

Many Jews and Muslims today stand apart from each other due to feelings of anger, which in some parts of the world, translate into violence. It is our contention that we are faced today not with ‘a clash of civilizations’ but with ‘a clash of ill-informed misunderstandings’. Deep-seated stereotypes and prejudices have resulted in a distancing of the communities and even a dehumanizing of the ‘Other’. We urgently need to address this situation. We must strive towards turning ignorance into knowledge, intolerance into understanding, and pain into courage and sensitivity for the ‘Other’.

For many centuries our communities co-existed and worked together fruitfully and peacefully such as in the Iberian Peninsula. As Muslims and Jews we share core doctrinal beliefs, the most important of which is strict monotheism. We both share a common patriarch, Ibrahim/Abraham, other Biblical prophets, laws and jurisprudence, many significant values and even dietary restrictions. There is more in common between our religions and peoples than is known to each of us. It is precisely due to the urgent need to address such political problems as well as acknowledge our shared values that the establishment of an inter-religious dialogue between Jews and Muslims in our time is extremely important. Failure to do so will be a missed opportunity. Memories of positive historical encounters will dim and the current problems will lead to an increasing rift and more common misunderstandings between us.

This Letter is important for non-Muslims and Muslims because it illustrates that the Muslim world has diversity of opinion and that Muslims are willing to engage in a conversation with Jews, a conversation that is not wholly dominated by the conflict in Israel-Palestine. Although many Muslims and non-Muslims only know of Muslim-Jewish relations through the prism of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, there needs to be an awareness of other positive encounters at different stages of our history as well as the pioneering work of inter-religious dialogue being undertaken by contemporary Muslims and Jews outside of the Middle East.

What are the commonalities and differences between us?

Judaism and Islam are both monotheistic religions whose followers believe in the absolute unity of the One and Only God as emphasized by Muslims in the Shahada, Qur’an 112:1-4, and by Jews in the Shema, Deuteronomy 6:4; as well as Ibrahim/Abraham, they share other common patriarchs such as Nuh/Noah; and Jews and Muslims, as well as Christians, are regarded, by Muslims, as ‘People of the Book’. All Muslims, regardless of their theological persuasion (Sunnis and Shi’as) believe, as an article of their faith, in all Biblical Prophets.

Say [O Muslims!]: “We believe in God”, in that which has been revealed to us; in that which was revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and their descendents; in that which was given to Moses and Jesus; and in that which was given to the Prophets from their Lord; we do not make any distinction between any of them, and to Him we are Muslimun (those who submit to his will)” (Qur’an 2:136).

As a pillar of our faith (Iman), we (Muslims) are expected to believe that the author of the Torah (Tawrat) and the Qur’an is the same one God:

It was We (God) who revealed the Torah (to Moses): therein was guidance and light. By its standard have been judged the Jews, by the prophets who bowed to God’s will, by the Rabbis and the doctors of law: for to them was entrusted the protection of God’s book, and they were witnesses thereto…(Qur’an 5:44).

Thus, for us as Muslims the message of the Prophet Muhammad is an extension and continuation of the message brought from God by Moses, and other Prophets:

The Messenger (Muhammad) believes in that which has been revealed to him from his Lord, and so do the believers; they all believe in God, His angels, His Books, and His Messengers; [they say] we make no distinction between any of His Messengers; and they say: “We hear and obey (God’s commandments); grant us your forgiveness, our Lord. And to you is the eventual course” (Qur’an 2:285).

Jews and Muslims both have elaborate and comparable codes of conduct, laws and jurisprudence, covering all aspects of life (the Sharia in Islam and the Halacha in Judaism). The importance of charity (sadaka, tsedaka) is pertinent to the value system of each tradition. Even the dietary procedures (halal and kashrut/kosher) are comparable. Jews and Muslims have contributed to a highly sophisticated form of art and architecture. Indeed, Islamic art has influenced the architecture of many synagogues and, in parts of the Muslim world where coexistence was once prevalent, Jewish symbols still decorate Islamic buildings.

Prejudice and bigotry towards each other have been perpetuated by our lack of knowledge about the other and yet the pursuit of knowledge is at the core of both our religious traditions. Indeed, the facts that the term “Torah” means “teaching” and “Qur’an” means “reading” should instil in us the desire to read, understand and teach about each other.

Yes, there are texts in both our religious traditions which, when interpreted literally outside of their specific contexts can damage relations and stifle attempts to engage in solidarity and inter-religious dialogue. For the majority of Muslims, such texts reflect the political discourse and shifts in relations between Muslims and the religious ‘Other’ in 7th century Arabia. The Qur’an constantly reminds Muslims that ‘among’ the People of the Book are those who believe and do righteous deeds.

Among the People of the Book there is a staunch and just community who recite the revelations of God in the night season, falling prostrate (before Him). They believe in God and the Last Day; they enjoin what is right, and forbid what is wrong; and they hasten (in emulation) in (all) good works: They are in the ranks of the righteous. And whatever good they do, they will not be denied the reward thereof. For God knows well those that do right (Qur’an 3: 113-115; see also 3:199).

The word ‘among’ is an important modifier that has been forgotten and is often overlooked by many readers of the Qur’an today, whether Muslim or non-Muslim. Yet, in today’s world, it is easy to label Jews, Muslims or Christians with one sweeping brush stroke; but a careful and thoughtful reading of the Qur’an or Torah reveals a far more sophisticated approach of seeing, acknowledging and appreciating the diversity of the human family.

O mankind, truly We have created you male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that ye may recognize one another (Qur’an 49:13).

This, to us as Muslims and Jews, enforces the will of our Creator who urges us to read, understand and teach – can there be a more noble way in which to uphold this core message of the Creator than to learn more about each other? In this way, we will replace prejudice, ignorance and intolerance by knowing, understanding and being sensitive to the ‘Other’, who becomes our ‘brother’ and ‘sister’.

Jews and Muslims as One Umma: Reflecting briefly on early Muslim—Jewish encounters:

In the spirit of Islam’s emphasis on compassion and respect for all humanity, one vignette from the Prophet’s life reveals how a Jewish funeral procession passed before the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon Him), at which he stood up as a sign of respect. His Companions asked him, why he stood up for a Jewish funeral ? The Prophet dismissed this exclusivist attitude and rising above these polarities responded on a humanitarian level, “is he not a human being!” (as recorded in Sahih al-Bukhari, a collection of statements and traditions by and about the Prophet Muhammad in the Book on Funeral Procession, Section on “Standing up in respect of a Jewish Funeral”).

In the year of 622, when the Prophet was exiled from Mecca his city of birth, he migrated to Yathrib (Medina). Upon his arrival in the city, the Prophet declared in the now famous Medina Charter that the Jewish tribes of Medina constituted the new one umma (nation) together with the Muslims.

“This is a document from Muhammad the Prophet, governing relations between the Believers i.e. Muslims of Quraysh and Yathrib and those who followed them and worked hard with them. They form one nation—ummah.

“No Jew will be wronged for being a Jew.”

“The enemies of the Jews who follow us will not be helped.”

“Those Jews who live peacefully with the Believers will be helped and will be treated with equality.”

“The Jews of the tribe of Bani Awf will be treated as one ummah with the Believers.”

Thus, the document refers to the Jews and Muslims as ummatun wahidatun (“one nation”), a term that recurs in the Qur’an a number of times to denote a people united by common values and beliefs. Therefore, Muslim—Jewish encounters have had their moment of friendship as well as tension.

When the Prophet died his shield was mortgaged with a Jew to show that Muslims are permitted to trade with Jews. More significantly, the Prophet’s married daughter Hazrat Fatima, who was very close to her father, used to work for a Jew – she would spin for him in return for grain. Moreover, the Prophet’s wife, Sofia, was a Jewish woman who was considered by God as ‘a mother of the believers’. When, out of human jealousy, the Prophet’s other wives mocked Sofia by calling her “a Jew” in a derogatory manner, Sofia who was clearly upset by their mocking would complain to her husband Prophet Muhammad. He would say to her respond to them by saying: “my father was a Prophet (Moses) and my uncle was a Prophet (Aron) and I am the wife of a Prophet!” Historically, Muslims and Jews have shared a common intellectual history: from the dissemination of the Isra’iliyyat (authenticated Jewish sources employed by early classical Muslim historians and commentators of the Qur’an), to the philosophical exchanges between Ibn Rushd (Averroes, 1126-1198) and Moses Maimonides (Musa ibn Maymun al-Qurtubi, 1135-1204) in Medieval Spain.

Sir Jonathan Sacks, the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, on the inauguration of the world’s first Centre for the Study of Muslim—Jewish Relations (in Cambridge), emphasized the importance of learning from each other. He said “Islam's strength of faith is remarkable. We can all learn from Islam this strength of faith. And that is something immensely positive. If I wanted to suggest what Muslims can learn from Jews today, I would say how to survive as a minority in a culture that does not share your values. We have to learn from one another.”

It was the intellectual world of Islam that brought to Europe in particular, and to the modern world in general, the lost tradition of the Greek Philosophers (for example, the works and ideas of Plato and Aristotle). Indeed, their teachings were first revived by Muslim scholars such as Al-Farabi, Ibn Sina, Ibn Rushd and others, who went on to influence the ideas and writings of many Jewish and Christian scholars including Maimonides. In this intellectually thriving environment the passing of the flame of knowledge between religious scholars eventually influenced the development of secular Humanism and contemporary sciences. In the example of Maimonides, who held the position of physician to the great Sultan Salah-ud-din, and Averroes, we observe a fruitful intellectual conversation and exchange between Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.

Combating estrangements and negative perceptions of the ‘Other’

European Jews and Muslims today share experiences as minority groups. With the increasing anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, Jews and Muslims need to develop joint strategies to tackle discrimination. They could also come together to support each other’s efforts to maintain their identities in an age that promotes and expects conformity to the dominant culture. It is, therefore, in the spirit of both religious and geo-political compulsions that we emphasise the process of bridge-building between the two communities. This process must go beyond dialogue and move towards genuine understanding and encounters, such as visiting each other’s places of worship.

It is important to be honest about the level of anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim/anti-Arab sentiment that translates into conflict within and between the two communities. The need today is for us to see each other’s history and appreciate each other’s cultures with a genuine attempt at understanding.

At this moment, there is no challenge more pressing than the need to bring to a closure some of the historical and long lasting estrangements between the Jews and Muslims. Because of the increasing polarisation, many feel forced to choose between dialogue and violence as a response. At the core of the Muslim—Jewish tension lies the Israeli—Palestinian conflict. The loss of every single life is a loss to humanity and a bloody stain on the tapestry of history. We call for a peaceful resolution that will assure mutual respect, prosperity and security to both Palestinians and Israelis, while allowing the Palestinian people their rights to self-determination.

Most Muslims would hope that the sufferings Jews have experienced over many centuries would make them more sensitive to the sufferings of others, especially the Palestinian people. In the Hebrew Bible Jews read how they are commanded to love the stranger because they themselves were strangers in the land of Egypt (this is mentioned 36 times in the Torah).

A Call for Dialogue Between People of all Faiths

While the purpose of this letter is to generate dialogue and understanding between Jews and Muslims, it reflects the need for a wider dialogue between all faiths and communities, including the non-Abrahamic ones. We must keep talking—especially when we do not agree.
This is, therefore, an appeal and a hand held out, based on the teachings of both the Qur’an and the Hebrew Bible, in a genuine desire for dialogue and mutual respect:

Turn from Evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it (Tehilim/Psalms 34:14).

And the servants of the Infinitely Compassionate are those who walk on the earth in humility and when the ignorant accost them, they only reply with "Peace!" (Qur’an 25:65).

May the peace and blessing of God Almighty be upon you. And may this letter be accepted as a small step towards opening doors to genuine dialogue and understanding. May it also lead the way towards concrete outcomes in Muslim—Jewish relations in different parts of our shared world.

Muslim scholars from The Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations, part of The Woolf Institute of Abrahamic Faiths, Cambridge, have facilitated this Letter with the support of Muslims scholars throughout the world.

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Press Release: Center for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations

Though I haven't written a new post in months, I thought the following press release was important to share.

Many in the West, including myself, have been critical of the fact that moderate Muslim leaders have not spoken up loudly enough to offer an alternative to the bin Ladens and Ahmadinejads of the world. So when such leaders speak out, I want to make sure that we in the West hear them.

Below is a press release from the Center for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations. The next post will contain the letter from the group.

(P.S., Time permitting, I hope to restart this blog in the near future. -Adam)


World’s First Cross-Denominational Statement from Muslims to Jews

Leaders from the international Muslim community are to issue a statement to the world’s Jewish Community at the Centre for the Study of Muslim - Jewish Relations in Cambridge on Monday 25 February.

This is the first example of such a gesture from the Muslim to the Jewish community and demonstrates a genuine desire within the Muslim community to reach out to the leaders’ Jewish peers. The letter describes itself as ‘a call for positive and constructive action that aims to improve Muslim – Jewish relations’.

The initiative behind the statement comes from the Muslim members of the Centre for the Study of Muslim – Jewish Relations (CMJR), Cambridge, UK, Dr Amineh Hoti (Director) and Sheikh Michael Mumisa (Lecturer). It will be formally announced following the Centre’s annual Stone – Ashdown lecture* on Monday 25 February.

The signatories of the letter include:

Professor Akbar S Ahmed, Former High Commissioner of Pakistan to the UK and Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University Washington, DC

Professor Bunyamin Duran, Vice-Rector: Islamic University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Ambassador Mahmud A. Durrani, Embassy of Pakistan, Washington D.C.

Sayyed Nadeem Kazmi, Director of International Affairs at the Al-Khoei Foundation (the largest Shia Institute in the UK)

Lord Khalid Hameed, High Sheriff of Greater London, UK

Dr Musharraf Hussain, Chief Imam and Director of Karimia Institute, UK

Professor Sari Nusseibeh, President of Al Quds University, Beit Hanina – Jerusalem

Dr Ataullah Saddiqui, Director of Markfield Institute of higher Education

A response from the Jewish community is expected in the days following the announcement. This will also be released by the Centre for the Study of Muslim – Jewish Relations.
For more information or for a press ticket for the lecture on Monday 25 February at 2pm, please contact Esther Haworth, 01223 741048 or
Venue: CMJR, Woolf Institute, Wesley House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge. CB5 8BJ

Notes for Editors
About the Woolf Institute of Abrahamic Faiths, the Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations (CJCR) and the Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations (CMJR)

CJCR and CMJR are members of an independent educational charity, the Woolf Institute of Abrahamic Faiths based in Cambridge UK. Through teaching, research and dialogue they are dedicated to the academic study of Jewish-Christian relations and Muslim-Jewish relations respectively.

Under the auspices of the Woolf Institute, they aim to overcome prejudice and intolerance between Jews, Christians and Muslims, and to establish a more positive basis for relations.

CJCR was founded in 1998 by Dr Edward Kessler of St Edmund's College, Cambridge. Its flagship educational programme is the University of Cambridge Master of Studies (MSt) in the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, which it offers in conjunction with the University’s Faculty of Divinity and the Institute of Continuing Education. The first and only course of its kind, the MSt can be studied in Cambridge or predominantly via e-learning. CJCR also offers a range of other educational programmes and since 1998 has taught over 1000 students, many of whom have gone onto take positions of leadership. CJCR is also an Associate Member of the Cambridge Theological Federation (, which provides the Centre with teaching resources and accommodation.

CMJR was founded in 2006 by Dr Edward Kessler and Dr Amineh Hoti as a sister organisation to CJCR and is built on the same core principles of Teaching, Research and Dialogue. CMJR is pleased to work with the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education whose Certificate programme in Islam, Judaism and Muslim-Jewish Relations is offered at the CMJR this academic year. CMJR offers a menu of e-learning courses - 'An Introduction to Muslim-Jewish Relations' - to students of all ages, backgrounds and religious (or non-religious) beliefs. The Centre published its Teacher’s Guide, Valuing Diversity in October 2007 and aims to prepare A Dictionary of Jewish-Muslim Relations, to sit alongside the recently published A Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations.

The CJCR and CMJR offices are located in the heart of Cambridge where they are hosted by Methodist Theological College, Wesley House.

*The CMJR’s annual Stone – Ashdown Lecture is named in honour of the Stone – Ashdown Trust who last year donated £1 million to the Institute.

For more information contact Esther Haworth on 01223-741048, or visit

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Now is not the time to offend Turkey

The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee is preparing the death knell for U.S.-Turkey relations. It just approved a resolution recognizing the deaths of 1.5 million Armenians in the last years of the Ottoman Empire (c. 1915) as genocide. The resolution will next move to the House floor for a full vote, and a companion piece is waiting for a vote in a Senate committee.

My argument is NOT that there was no genocide. Many historians believe a genocide occurred, though I do not know enough about the surrounding events to have a definitive opinion. If it did occur, the Armenian genocide should be
roundly condemned, though Congress must stay out of the debate.

Turkey is one of the U.S.'s historic and most important allies. There has been much focus in the media that a good portion of US supplies for the War in Iraq go through Turkey, but that's just the beginning. Turkey has been a member of the NATO military alliance since 1952, serves to moderate and mediate conflicts throughout the Middle East, and has shown the world that a country can be both predominantly Muslim and a modern democracy.

But the people of Turkey feel that they have been repeatedly slighted by the West, especially recently. Turkey applied for full membership into the European Union in 1987, and it believes xenophobia has kept them out while allowing in less developed countries such as Poland and Bulgaria. Further, while ethnic Turks on the island of Cyprus voted for peace with Greek Cypriots and were kept out of the E.U., Greek Cypriots voted against peace and yet were admitted into the E.U. Turkey also contends that the US ignored Turkish concerns when it went into Iraq, and consequently it has been a victim of a spate of terrorist bombings originating from Iraqi Kurdistan.

The events of 1915 are a sensitive subject for the Turks. In recent years Turks have been more open to examine their history, but attempts to force them to confront their past have been met with fierce resistance. If the genocide resolution passes Congress, it could burn our bridge between the West and the Muslim World.

Once again, genocide should always be condemned. If the mass murder was currently being committed, I would demand that Congress denounce the perpetrators. But it is not Congress' place to throw history into a country's face and drive away a vital American ally.

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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Ahmadinejad on SNL: A Digital Short

Update 3/2/08- The video now works. Apparently the earlier versions were pirated, while this video was embedded directly from NBC's website.
Here was a video that aired on Saturday Night Live last night. Enjoy!


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