Author Archives: jdenari

About jdenari

Research Fellow at Georgetown University's Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding.

Nine Months in Nine Minutes: Presenting My Fulbright Research

I discuss everything from Christian TV to ISIS. Continue reading

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Thy Kingdom Come: Reflections on Syria and El Salvador

Twenty-five years ago today, in the war-torn country of El Salvador, U.S.-trained gunmen marched onto a college campus, dragged priests from their beds and shot them in the quad. Earlier this year, a masked man came to the door of … Continue reading

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The Way of Perfection

October 15, 2014 Today is the feast day of St. Teresa of Avila, the saint whose name I took at my confirmation. Teresa is a looming figure in Catholic history. A reformer, writer, and mystic, she was one of the … Continue reading

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Reflecting on Rahmah: Thoughts for Eid al-Adha

Written October 4, 2014. This year’s Eid al-Adha, the Islamic feast of sacrifice[i], comes at a challenging time. Debates over Islam’s true nature rage like the battles fought in the deserts of Iraq and Syria. For many, the only images … Continue reading

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Neighbors, Aliens, & Enemies on the Anniversary of 9/11

“Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap.” Continue reading

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A Message for Eid

To the families in Shobak who welcomed me, the cab drivers in Amman who made me smile, the elderly neighbors who invited me for tea, the sisters who taught me how to dance, the Gazan mothers who weep for their … Continue reading

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My talk in Indianapolis: Finding Jesus Among Muslims

On June 4, 2014, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Indianapolis was generous enough to host me for a talk and Q&A. Drawing from my education and experiences, I presented three reasons why Catholics are called to participate in interreligious dialogue. … Continue reading

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