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About jdenari

Student at Georgetown University writing about religion, politics, and culture, particularly about Muslim/Christian relations in post 9/11 America.

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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Fr. Frans, an icon

I painted his icon of Fr. Frans van der Lugt, in the hopes of promoting awareness about his life and death. Continue reading

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Why I cried in Arabic class

I don’t know what exactly brought tears to my eyes, but the combination of the beautiful culture and its tragic loss; the foreign sound of bombs and the familiar sound of Shami Arabic; and the human goodness that somehow persists in the midst of evil made a lump rise in my throat. I looked over and noticed that my teacher was fighting back tears, too.
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Standing with the Savior

Today is the anniversary of the death of Oscar Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador who was shot and killed while saying Mass on March 24, 1980. How fitting that today’s Gospel reading, one of my favorites from Luke, is paired with the feast of Romero, who stood with the poor and marginalized even when it was unpopular and dangerous to do so. Continue reading

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Diet Advice from the Caliph

The walls of the priest’s office were lined with black-and-white photographs of his father donning a checkered Jordanian kufiyyeh and his little sister wearing her white First Communion dress. Newer pictures of Jordan’s king, Abdullah II, Roman Catholic bishops of … Continue reading

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