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Multifaith Harmony without Conflict: Religious Pluralism and Tolerance in a Majority-Muslim Country
May 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm| Free
Faith and community leaders representing Azerbaijan’s Muslim community, Mountain and Ashkenazi Jewish communities, Orthodox Christian community, Catholic community, and Caucasian Albanian Christian community will be traveling for the first time from Azerbaijan to share their experiences of multiculturalism and fellowship.
Azerbaijan has a remarkable history of multi-faith harmony and tolerance. A majority-Muslim and secular nation, Azerbaijan created the world’s first Muslim republic in 1918 and gave women the right to vote in 1919. Today, it is a place where Muslims, Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians, Baha’is and others continue to live in peace with dignity and mutual respect.
One of the earliest Christian states was established in Azerbaijan in the 4th century. Today, there are close to a half million Christians in the country. Jewish people have lived in Azerbaijan for the last 2,000 years. Whenever the Jews were persecuted in surrounding regions, they always found a haven in Azerbaijan. Today, Jewish life in the country is well protected, and a community of 30,000 Jews flourishes with 9 synagogues, yeshivas, schools and kindergartens.
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An historic event featuring Muslim, Jewish & Christian faith and community leaders from Azerbaijan
In Partnership with:
The Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, Interfaith at the Presidio, Marin Interfaith Council and the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council