Muslims, Jews and women in America

Source: The Economist

However toxic the climate, some Muslims and Jews try harder to get along

As President Donald Trump engages in his own, idiosyncratic kind of religious and cultural diplomacy in Saudi Arabia and Israel, back in the United States efforts by faith groups to understand each other better seem to be gathering pace.

Some of the most eye-catching projects bring together Muslims and Jews, and their organisers are now more likely to be female than male. Among their long list of motivations, many say they want to counter the inter-communal tension which started rising during America’s presidential election campaign and grew worse after the result.

Last month, for example, there were some unusual celebrations of the Jewish feast of Passover in New York. A mosque played host to 200 women and men as they gathered for a seder, the ritual dinner which ushers in the eight-day Passover commemoration. It was organised by the Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee, a group which also aims to raise awareness of social problems like poverty and food insecurity.

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