Author Archives: jdenari

About jdenari

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

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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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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